Ellen Abbott

Reporter, Syracuse, WRVO Public Media

Ellen produces news reports and features related to events that occur in the greater Syracuse area and throughout Onondaga County.  Her reports are heard regularly in regional updates in Morning Edition and All Things Considered. 

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4:04pm

Fri October 12, 2012
Regional Coverage

Area CROP Walks hope to help hungry locally and worldwide

It is CROP Walk weekend in central New York. The annual walk, sponsored by Church World Service to raise money for the hungry, comes at a time when the need is great.

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9:50am

Fri October 12, 2012
Regional Coverage

Onondaga Nation looks to court for acknowledgement

Attorneys for the Onondaga Nation are scheduled to appear in a federal appeals Court in New York City Friday. It's a continuing land claim dispute between the Native American nation, and New York state, over treaties signed hundreds of years ago.

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4:07pm

Thu October 11, 2012
Politics and Government

Schumer on tax rate compromises: "You can't do three things at once"

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is skeptical about the latest compromise being discussed in Washington to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. Schumer expects a deal to be done by the end of the year, but says he won't support what's under discussion now.

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10:28am

Thu October 11, 2012
Politics and Government

Charles Schumer endorses Dan Maffei

Senator Charles Schumer endorses Dan Maffei Wednesday
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Congressional hopeful Dan Maffei has the support of one of the state's top democrats as he tries to unseat incumbent Republican Ann Marie Buerkle.

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9:50am

Wed October 10, 2012
Regional Coverage

Dalai Lama brings peace message to thousands of concert goers

A general view of the crowd at the One World Concert at Syracuse University on October 9, 2012 in Syracuse, New York.
Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Syracuse University

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama wrapped up a two-day world peace event at Syracuse University Tuesday night joining musical artists from around the world for the One World Concert.

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1:00am

Mon October 8, 2012
Regional Coverage

Peace, Dalai Lama and rock and roll come to SU

Peace is the word on the Syracuse University campus Monday and Tuesday. Promoters say the first-of-its-kind event in Syracuse, which includes the Dalai Lama, will spread the message through words and music.

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9:31am

Thu October 4, 2012
Politics

Green Party candidate Rozum says she has been pressured to leave the race

Green Party of the United States gp.org

Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum says she's been pressured to drop out of the race in the 24th Congressional district.  She won't say who's putting that pressure on her, but says she has the ability to take votes away from both major party candidates, Democratic challenger Dan Maffei, and incumbent Republican Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle.

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4:06pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Regional Coverage

Onondaga County to fund group trying to revive symphony in Syracuse

Onondaga County lawmakers have agreed to give a fledgling group that's trying to revive a Syracuse orchestra in central New York some seed money.

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9:41am

Wed October 3, 2012
Politics

Controversial ad causing congressional race to heat up

A political ad is making waves in the race for the 24th congressional district. At issue, is a piece of legislation regarding federal funding for abortion, specifically the language regarding rape victims who want an abortion.

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1:00am

Sun September 30, 2012
Regional Coverage

Zoo keepers share ideas in Syracuse

More than 200 zoo keepers from around the country descended on the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse this week for the 39th annual conference of the Association of Zookeepers.

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9:47am

Fri September 28, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse awarded federal grant to fight gang violence

The city of Syracuse is taking some new steps in the fight against gun crime and gang violence. "Syracuse Truce" will bring police and community organizations together to deter crime.

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4:15pm

Thu September 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

Emancipation Proclamation takes a tour of New York state

Ellen Abbott WRVO

A document that changed history was displayed in Syracuse Thursday.  School children and history buffs lined up to look at the first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, the order from President Abraham Lincoln that ultimately freed the slaves in the midst of the Civil War.

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11:25am

Thu September 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

Stand Against Suicide offers help while increasing awareness

Stand Against Suicide

Some central New Yorkers are taking a Stand Against Suicide. An Elbridge-based organization is trying to raise awareness about the risks of mental illness that can sometimes lead to suicide.

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11:10am

Thu September 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

Memorial service for homeless woman calls for understanding

Community members in Syracuse attend the memorial service for Michelle Noce, a homeless woman who lived in the area.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The deaths of two homeless people in Syracuse in the last week has put the spotlight on the people who live under bridges and overpasses of central New York. A memorial service for a woman who was found unconscious, and who later died, ended with calls for patience and help for the homeless.

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4:21pm

Wed September 26, 2012
Regional Coverage

Schumer wants better GPS systems for trucks

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the federal government to change the regulations for GPS systems used in trucks and buses. He believes truckers using systems meant for cars is the reason that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of trucks ramming into low bridges in New York state in recent years.

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9:57am

Wed September 26, 2012
Politics and Government

"Use It or Lose It" could cause Creekwalk funds slip away

Senator Charles Schumer in Syracuse talking to the press about Creekwalk funds
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

The city of Syracuse could be penalized for coming in under-budget in the Creekwalk Project. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer was in Syracuse Tuesday and promised to try help cut through red tape.

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4:25pm

Tue September 25, 2012
Politics and Government

Common councilors try to better understand Syracuse's fiscal problems

Syracuse common councilors are trying to get a clearer snapshot of the city's fiscal problems. Lawmakers have been holding a series of meetings to try to figure out how the council can take a more proactive approach to dealing with an impending budget implosion.

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4:41pm

Thu September 20, 2012
Politics and Government

Maffei calls for an end to free trade agreements

Democrat candidate for Congress Dan Maffei outside the former New Process Gear factory in East Syracuse with former plant workers.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Democratic Congressional candidate Dan Maffei used the almost-empty former New Process Gear factory in East Syracuse as a backdrop to call for policies that he says would bring more manufacturing jobs back to central New York.  Maffei says NAFTA-like trade agreements are one reason the sprawling complex that once employed hundreds of central New Yorkers is now idle.

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9:43am

Thu September 20, 2012
Environment

Project to protect old forests comes to Cortland

Biologist Joan Maloof looks for old trees in Lime Hollow Nature Center in Cortland, NY
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Tree lovers are uniting behind a plan by a biologist from Salisbury University in Maryland to preserve and encourage old growth Forests .  The goal, is to create a network of over two-thousand undisturbed, yet accessible, forests across the country.

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10:12am

Wed September 19, 2012
Regional Coverage

Training for those who help disabled abuse victims

The recent accusation against former Onondaga County Family Court Judge Brian Hedges, that he sexually molested his 5-year-old deaf niece 40 years ago,  has brought the issue of abuse against the disabled  into the open.

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9:55am

Tue September 18, 2012
Health

New cord blood bank to open in Syracuse

Ellen Abbott WRVO

Construction has started in Syracuse on the $15 million Upstate Cord Blood Bank.  It will be the second public cord blood bank in New York state. The blood drawn from umbilical cords after childbirth is used to treat children with dozens of diseases like cancer and sickle cell anemia.

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9:24am

Mon September 17, 2012
Politics and Government

Onondaga County proposes budget that dips into fund balance

Onondaga County lawmakers begin going over County Executive Joanie Mahoney's proposed budget with a fine tooth comb Monday.  The final result will most likely look different from $1.25 billion plan Mahoney proposed last week.

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6:06am

Fri September 14, 2012
Politics and Government

Counties face budget crunch in New York state

Fall means budget season in counties across New York State.  Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney makes her budget pitch to lawmakers Friday.  Many governments are facing the same pressures.

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3:51pm

Thu September 13, 2012
Politics and Government

New York counties want state to take more action against bath salts

County governments want New York state to take a tougher stand on bath salts.  The Association of Counties, meeting this week in Syracuse, is calling for a state law to criminalize the synthetic drug.

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6:56am

Thu September 13, 2012
Politics

State primary day brings confusion

It's a quiet primary day in Central New York this year.  There are only scattered elections across the area on the day that lets voters, registered in political parties, choose who will be on the November ballot.

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7:41am

Tue September 11, 2012
Politics and Government

Maffei promises to support federal spending on college loans

Democrat Dan Maffei is promising to try and help families struggling with the cost of college. The Congressional candidate says  a big part of that is keeping the grant and loan programs that help millions of students pay for an education.

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3:51pm

Mon September 10, 2012
Regional Coverage

Global literacy group to be based in Syracuse's Westside

A global non-profit organization that advances the cause of adult literacy has moved its headquarters to a part of Syracuse that needs it.

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8:44am

Mon September 10, 2012
Politics and Government

"Super control board" idea to help struggling municipalities still possible

New York State continues looking for ways to help local governments on the edge of fiscal collapse.  And, the idea of a "super control board" is still a possibility.

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8:00am

Sat September 8, 2012
Education

Technical education programs boost graduation rates in Syracuse high schools

The graduation rate in the Syracuse City School District continues to be one of the worst in the state, with less than half the students getting their diplomas after four years of school. Technical education programs may be a solution.

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9:56am

Fri September 7, 2012
Politics and Government

Buerkle fields complaints and questions at mobile office hours

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-Onondaga Hill) met with Syracuse residents to discuss the future of Medicare and Social Security.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Opponents of the Romney/Ryan budget plan took their complaints to the congressional mobile office hours of Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-Onondaga Hill) on Syracuse's south side yesterday.

They're worried about potential cuts in Social Security and Medicare.

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