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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10:03am

Wed August 1, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse adds more workers to living wage law

Syracuse Common Councilors are expanding the reach of the city's living wage ordinance. The changes will apply to about 50 workers at the Hancock International Airport.

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9:07am

Tue July 31, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse passes bath salts ban

Ellen Abbott WRVO

Syracuse is the latest community in New York state that has banned bath salts and other synthetic drugs.  Legislators are taking a two-pronged approach to fight the substances, that can cause violent and unpredictable behavior among abusers.

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4:02pm

Mon July 30, 2012
Politics and Government

Maffei shows his support for Medicare

Democrat Dan Maffei is using the 47th anniversary of Medicare to emphasize his support for the program that provides medical care for older Americans. 

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10:10am

Mon July 30, 2012
Regional Coverage

OCRRA provides guidance on recycling E-Waste

TarynMarie Flickr

Some central New Yorkers appear to be confused about where to bring their e-waste. E-waste includes items like old computers, televisions and other small electronic devices.

OCRRA wants to remind central New Yorkers that they shouldn't bring those castoffs to the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency.

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8:00am

Sat July 28, 2012
Business

New store sells old cast-offs in Madison County

A new store in Madison County, ReUse, recycles items in good condition found in county dump for resale.
Ellen Abbot

There's a new place to shop in Madison County, and this new store will get its stock from an unlikely source, the county dump.

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4:03pm

Fri July 27, 2012
Politics and Government

Central New York state Senator running unopposed

One New York state Senate seat that has been hotly contested in recent years in central New York, will not be this year.  Republicans have not been able to come up with anyone to run against Democrat Dave Valesky in the 53rd Senate District.

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9:06am

Tue July 24, 2012
Regional Coverage

Same sex marriage celebrates its first anniversary

  • Same sex marriage celebrates its first anniversary

It's been a year since gay marriage became legal in New York state.  Since the initial rush the Syracuse City Clerk's office says it has seen a steady number of same sex licenses applications. Through Mid-July, that means 135 marriage licenses issued to gay and lesbian couples.

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9:22am

Mon July 23, 2012
Regional Coverage

Community looks for answers on bath salts

  • Audio from Ellen Abbott's story on the bath salts forum held in Syracuse.

The misuse of the synthetic drug known as "bath salts" continues to plague upstate New York. A community forum on bath salts last week aimed to unite the people who deal with the effects of the drug, and come away with a plan to fight it.

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7:13am

Thu July 19, 2012
Regional Coverage

Brewery tax credit law signed

Gov. Andrew Cuomo at Matt Brewery in Utica
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

New York state is trying to get out of the way of the burgeoning number of craft breweries in the state. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law Wednesday that uses a mixture of tax credits and incentives to boost the beer business.

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3:40pm

Wed July 18, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse wages war on litter

Ellen Abbott WRVO

Central New York is waging war on litter. A wide ranging coalition of Democrats and Republicans, and state and local officials, want to get the word out that tossing trash on local roads is bad form.

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4:07pm

Tue July 17, 2012
Regional Coverage

Hanna proposes tax change for small farmers

Ellen Abbott WRVO

Central New York Congressman Richard Hanna is hoping to help small farmers create more jobs.  He wants to tweak a portion of the tax code that was initially meant to help small farmers.

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9:17am

Tue July 17, 2012
Regional Coverage

Central NY farmers worry about dry weather

Ellen Abbott WRVO

New York isn't officially in a drought, but it's certainly been a dry summer so far in upstate New York.  Farmers aren't pushing the panic button just yet, but they are watching the skies.

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4:03pm

Mon July 16, 2012
Regional Coverage

Wegmans replacement on north side of Syracuse likely

The road is clear for another grocery store to move into the empty Wegmans Pond Street location on Syracuse's north side.

Wegmans, which closed its store there last month, has agreed to sell the property to Morgan Acquisitions.  

Mayor Stephanie Miner says the deal doesn't stop another grocer from moving in.

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9:24am

Mon July 16, 2012
Regional Coverage

Bath salts forum to be held in Syracuse

There's a high level of anxiety among emergency responders in central New York when it comes to dealing with users of of the designer drugs known as bath salts.  That's why the Upstate New York Poison Center is sponsoring a forum Friday with experts to explain what a bath salts user does, and why.

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7:01am

Sun July 15, 2012
Science

SU scientists say fireflies could be a light source

There's more to fireflies than a backyard light show.  Scientists at Syracuse University are working on a project that ultimately would put the insect's luminescense to use.

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3:02pm

Fri July 13, 2012
Regional Coverage

Anti-nuclear "peace walk" begins

The potential for disaster at nuclear power plants is the message of a "peace walk" that will take place around Lake Ontario and started this week in Onondaga County.

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9:14am

Fri July 13, 2012
Regional Coverage

Employment of disabled big concern as ADA turns 22

The disabled community in central New York this week celebrates the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  While there have been so many successes in the fight for equal access for the disabled, there is still work to be done.

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4:07pm

Thu July 12, 2012
Regional Coverage

Lawmakers consider changes to living wage law

Lawmakers are considering some changes to the seven-year-old living wage law in Syracuse. The tweaks are targeted at the people who serve you food when you fly out of town.

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9:21am

Thu July 12, 2012
Regional Coverage

Grocery access to improve for one Syracuse neighborhood

Ivy Dawned Flickr

Grocery shopping will soon be easier for residents of one south side Syracuse neighborhood.  The announcement of a new grocery store in the Valley Plaza solves one problem, but others still exist in Syracuse when it comes to the access to affordable food.

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9:46am

Wed July 11, 2012

3:58pm

Mon July 9, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse Fire Department: On pace to break call record this year

A surplus of calls means that Syracuse firefighters are stressed and busier than they've ever been.
Mark Giles Flickr

The Syracuse Fire Department could set a record for the number of calls this year and officials aren't sure why.

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3:57pm

Thu July 5, 2012
Politics and Government

Ann Marie Buerkle, Fast and Furious, and the 24th district

The debate over Operation Fast and Furious is squeezing its way into the race for Congress in the new 24th Congressional District in central New York.

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7:30am

Wed July 4, 2012
Regional Coverage

Madison County promotes its tourism

Ellen Abbott WRVO

You don't need a U.S. passport to take in the sights of central New York this summer, but officials in Madison County are hoping a passport of a different kind encourages visitors to their community.

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3:57pm

Tue July 3, 2012
Regional Coverage

Senator Schumer on federal bath salts ban

US Senator Charles Schumer speaking on legislation to ban bath salts and other similar substances.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The market for a drug that has exploded onto the scene this year could soon be closed.  Federal legislation could help lead to the end of bath salts, synthetic marijuana and other synthetic hallucinogens on the streets today.

US Senator Charles Schumer expects President Obama to sign the legislation that bans bath salts and other deadly synthetic substances.  It's already passed the Senate and the House.

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9:34am

Tue July 3, 2012
Regional Coverage

Law enforcement supports bill to fight witness intimidation

Central New York law enforcement authorities and prosecutors are standing firmly behind a law pushed by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer that would get federal authorities involved in the witness intimidation investigating business. The Democrat senator from New York was in Syracuse to promote passage of the State Witness Protection Act, which would give prosecutors more tools to convince witnesses to come forward.

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4:54pm

Mon July 2, 2012
Politics and Government

Buerkle town hall

Ellen Abbott WRVO

A bit of bickering broke out among citizens at Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle's town hall meeting in DeWitt Monday. But it wasn't even the big issues that caused disagreement.

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4:29pm

Fri June 29, 2012
Regional Coverage

Central New York reaction to health care decision

All around the country, the Supreme Court's decision upholding the Affordable Care Act has its supporters and detractors, and New York state is no different.

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4:20pm

Thu June 28, 2012
Politics and Government

Local doctors react to the Affordable Care Act decision

David Page of the Onondaga County Medical Society.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Doctors in central New York are reacting to the Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. They are generally pleased with the decision -- although there are some concerns.

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10:47am

Tue June 26, 2012
Regional Coverage

Public meeting on Route 370 bridge renovation

New York State Department of Transportation officials want to find out what the public thinks about the renovation of a much used bridge in Onondaga County. There are a few options to consider when it comes to redoing the bridge on Route 370 over the Seneca River.

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9:31am

Tue June 26, 2012
Politics and Government

Undocumented and fighting for immigration reform

Aly Wane is an illegal immigrant from Senegal
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Local immigration reform advocates are pushing for comprehensive immigration reform. One of the loudest voices comes from a man who is in this country illegally.

Aly Wane was born in Senegal in 1976 and, because of a family dispute, came to live in this country in 1984. He went on to high school and college, but because of his family situation he was never naturalized.

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