Ryan Delaney

Reporter, Innovation Trail, Central New York

Ryan Delaney works on the Innovation Trail project - covering technology, economic development, startups and other issues relating to New York's innovation economy.

Ryan began his public radio career working for WAER in Syracuse while still in college, where his work was honored by the Syracuse Press Club. He then returned to Syracuse, N.Y. from Albany where he worked at WAMC. Prior to that, Ryan filed stories for The Allegheny Front in Pittsburgh.

His reporting has also been heard on NPR, Vermont Public Radio and New Hampshire Public Radio.

Ryan grew up in Burlington, Vt. He has a degree in broadcast journalism and international relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

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6:33am

Mon September 15, 2014
Health

Good hygiene is the best defense against enterovirus

Three central New York children were hospitalized at Galisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse last week.
Ben Nolan

The New York State Health Department has confirmed enterovirus 68 came to New York state last week, with more than a dozen children diagnosed with the illness in the Capitol Region and central New York. Health experts are telling parents the best defense against the virus is to make sure kids practice good hygiene.

Three children with asthma contracted the highly contagious respiratory virus and were admitted to Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse. The virus made it very difficult for them to breath.

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5:20pm

Fri September 12, 2014
Health

Contagious respiratory virus hits three children in central New York

Dr. Quoc Nguyen and Dr. Jana Shaw discuss the first cases of enterovirus in central New York.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

There are three confirmed cases in central New York of a highly contagious respiratory virus that health officials said was only a matter of time before it struck children here.

Two school-aged children from Onondaga County and one from a neighboring county were admitted this week to Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse with the Enterovirus 68, according to county health officials and the hospital.

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3:08pm

Fri September 12, 2014
Higher ed

Syracuse University law school christens new home

Dineen Hall is located on Irving Ave., on the western edge of Syracuse University's campus.
courtesy Syracuse University

Syracuse University law students are settling in for many long nights of studying in a new space. 

The university's college of law christened its new home, Dineen Hall, Friday. It's named for two alumni, Robert and Carolyn Dineen. 

The Dineens both put themselves through Syracuse law and became prominent attorneys in both the city and New York state. Their children donated $15 million for the new hall.

One daughter is the Hon. Carolyn Dineen King, a judge on the federal fifth circuit, based in New Orleans.

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3:16pm

Thu September 11, 2014
Politics and Government

Hanna shows support for president's plan to fight ISIS

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) on primary night earlier in June.
Ryan Delaney WRVO file photo

Rep. Richard Hanna, a Republican, is backing the president’s plan to try to root out an Islamic extremist group in the Middle East.

"I think there are some things in life you don’t have a choice," he said. "These people have declared what they mean, what they intend to do, through many different type of media and I think we have to take it very seriously."

Hanna, a moderate conservative from the Utica area, says the fight against the Islamic State militant group, or ISIS, should be taken to them, before it comes here.

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8:34am

Wed September 10, 2014
Education

Syracuse school district has new discipline guidelines

Syracuse superintendent Sharon Contreras greets students outside of Hughes Elementary and Syracuse Latin on the first day of school last week.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Syracuse public school district has released new guidelines for disciplining its students. It’s getting positive marks from district teachers and principals.

A student pulling the fire alarm has become a well-discussed example as the district spent seven months reworking its code of conduct.

The district has put more emphasis on restorative over punitive discipline. That means considering the situation in which a student pulled an alarm.

A 50-member task force has broken discipline into three-tiers, with more focus on discussion and keeping students in school.

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6:42am

Tue September 9, 2014
Elections

On primary day, an argument for voting by mail

Columbia City Blog Flickr

A central New York board of elections commissioner says switching to a vote-by-mail system would both increase turnout and save money.

Bob Howe, the Republican commissioner for elections in Cortland County, readily admits he may be the oddball with this thinking.

But with voting machines costing more than $11,000 each and the need to pay observers to staff polling places, Howe argues mail ballots would be much cheaper.

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3:16pm

Mon September 8, 2014
Literacy

Literacy tutoring goes mobile and other notes on Literacy Day

.brsolo. via Flickr

The level of adult illiteracy in Onondaga County has held steady at just above the national average for the past several years. Nearly 1-in-5 adults in central New York can’t read and write beyond an elementary school level.

But it’s not all immigrants taking up English as a second language. There are just has many adults who graduated high school but could never read as well as they should.

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6:01am

Thu September 4, 2014
State Fair

Fate of leftover state fair goldfish: the dumpster

Some the fostered goldfish Amber Canavan helped rescue from the state fair last year.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

By goldfish standards, a massive rescue mission was carried out once the midway lights went dark on the 2013 run of the New York State Fair.

Well after midnight, Janice Wilson and others rounded up a few hundred of the goldfish that hadn’t been won over the previous two weeks.

"Transporting was very difficult," she said. "Even getting containers that we could travel in because they are very sensitive to motion and a lot of them we knew would not even make the transfer."

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6:03am

Wed September 3, 2014
Education

Back to school means return of school buses on the road

Ryan Delaney WRVO

Big yellow buses are hitting the roads across the state today as school begins again and police departments in the region are asking drivers to look out for them.

Law enforcement officials are pleading with commuters to drive slow and be careful around schools and busses. After the long summer break, it’s a habit drivers may not be used to on their commutes.

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5:57am

Wed September 3, 2014
Education

School year starts with three new schools in Syracuse

Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras greets students outside of Hughes Elementary and Syracuse Latin on the first day of school.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Some Syracuse public school students started the new school year this week in an entirely new schools aimed at turning around struggling academic buildings.

In the basement of Hughes Elementary School, Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras greeted students at the new Syracuse Latin magnet school. Its liberal arts heavy curriculum is being phased in first at the kindergarten and first grade levels.

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7:58am

Tue September 2, 2014
State Fair

State fair in the books and into the record books

Children play a midway game at the New York State Fair.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The 2014 edition of the New York State Fair is in the books – and in the record books.

Attendance at this year’s fair beat the previous run. Including two all-time single day records set on the final weekend. That’s a good bounce back after a 20-year low in 2012.

This year saw also a new midway company for the first time in six decades and the first ever “Dollar Day” to mark the end of the fair on Labor Day.

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1:55pm

Mon September 1, 2014
Labor Day

Unions celebrate the American workforce at state fair march

Ryan Delaney WRVO

It’s Labor Day, which marks both the unofficial end to summer as well as a day to celebrate the American workforce.

But there are half as many Americans in a labor union today as there were 30 years ago. It’s down to about one in 10 workers.

"We got to do everything we can to try and gain back that number and that’s important. We got to have the middle class again," said steelworker Brian Hoige. "It’s either the rich or the poor, there’s not really any middle class left to speak of anymore."

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6:14am

Mon September 1, 2014
Medical marijuana

Medical marijuana legal in N.Y., but will insurance pay for it?

Brett Levin Flickr

Marijuana has been approved in New York for medicinal uses for people with certain ailments, but that doesn’t mean using it will be simple.

It’s a bit of a going-nowhere-fast loop when it comes to health insurance providers offering coverage for medicinal marijuana.

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6:48am

Fri August 29, 2014
Transportation

Another round of public comments on I-81 concluding

The second round of public input on the future of Interstate 81 in Syracuse begins Wednesday.
Zack Seward WXXI

Another study, another round of public comments. It may seem like the decision-making process on the future of the elevated Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse will never end.

An end is in sight, even if it’s still far off. Transportation officials say they hope to make a decision on whether to rebuild the viaduct, divert it around the city or tunnel it underground, in 18 months to two years.

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6:13am

Fri August 29, 2014
Travel

Travel up, gas prices down for Labor Day weekend

Oran Viriyincy via Flickr

More New Yorkers are planning to get away for an end-of-summer weekend than have in the past six years.

Travel service AAA says nearly 35 million Americans will travel over the three-day Labor Day weekend. That's more people than have traveled since 2008, before the recession.

And the “stay-cations” of recent years past are no longer. 

"The recession is really no top of mind for a lot of folks. So if they want to travel, they’re going to travel. We’ve seen a slow, steady rebound, so that’s been great news for the industry," said AAA spokeswoman Diana Dibble.

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7:05am

Thu August 28, 2014
Medical marijuana

How will medical marijuana use go over in the workplace?

dank depot via Flickr

While medical marijuana will soon be legal for some illnesses in New York, legal experts are warning there are some unanswered concerns over when and where it can be used.

In about a year and a half, people with illnesses like cancer or AIDS will be able to use medicinal marijuana legally for pain and loss of appetite.

But will those patients be allowed to be high in the workplace?

Labor attorney Michael Macomber, with the firm Tully Rinckey, says marijuana is still an illegal drug at the federal level after all.

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6:25am

Wed August 27, 2014
State Fair

Classic midway prize missing from this year's state fair

Nine-year-old Kacen Chigaridis, left, and his brother Kyler, 7, play a game on this midway at the New York State Fair.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

It’s a common procedure at the state fair: step right up and try to win a prize at one of the midway’s many carnival games.

Pop a balloon with a dart; sink a basketball shot; hook a ring around a bottle. Do so, and spend the rest of a day at the fair slinging an oversized plush gorilla over the shoulder, or carrying a stuffed monkey under an arm.

But one game, and an iconic fair prize, is missing this year.

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6:57am

Tue August 26, 2014
higher ed

Syracuse University named top campus for LGBT students

Danilo Urbina via Flickr

Syracuse University has earned a top score for being a gay-friendly campus.

It’s hard for campus officials who work with the LGBT community to tell if more students today are coming to campus already out.

"I think they’re maybe a little more savvy and they realize that coming out is a continuous process. There’s no one way to do it," said Chase Catalano, director of the college's LGBT resource center. "And at least our hope is that coming out isn’t a requirement."

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9:40am

Fri August 22, 2014
Business

Cuomo: State talking to Remington about renovations

Ryan Delaney/WRVO

A round of layoffs at Remington Arms and the relocation of some of its manufacturing isn't about New York, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo was asked about layoffs at the century-old Mohawk Valley gun manufacturer while visiting the state fair Thursday.

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7:39am

Fri August 22, 2014
Regional Coverage

Large class begins Syracuse police academy

A large class of new recruits has begun training to become Syracuse police officers, but if you ask Syracuse police chief Frank Fowler, it's still not enough cops.

"Keep bringing them," he said. "I tell you, I can find work for every police officer that you send my way. But this is a great start and I’m glad to have it."

Fowler was speaking after the swearing in of a new class of officers. Syracuse is buffeting its police ranks more than normal. It swore in 35 officers to begin six months of training on Thursday.

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7:06am

Thu August 21, 2014
Arts

Makerspace will offer a place for people to tinker

Tony Russo, an engineer, uses tools in the new makerspace in Syracuse, set to formally open in September.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A new workshop is getting ready to open in Syracuse. It’ll be a place, known as a "makerspace," for anyone to come and sculpt, cut, weld or print.

Michael Giannattasio is a sculptor and metal worker by trade, but he knows his way around a 3-D printer, too. There are a couple set up in what Giannattasio refers to as the "clean space" in an old Syracuse factory building.

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10:47am

Wed August 20, 2014
Drones

Air Guard moves closer to launching drones from Syracuse

Air National Guard members prepare an MQ-9 Reaper drone for a taxi demonstation at Hancock Airfield in Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A remotely-piloted military aircraft taxied around Hancock Airfield for the first time Tuesday.

Officers of the 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard are calling it a small step toward a goal they’ve had for five years: launching their MQ-9 Reaper drones from Syracuse.

"A milestone," albeit not a dramatic one, is what Col. Greg Semmel, the 174th's commander, said of the event. 

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4:26pm

Mon August 18, 2014
Regional Coverage

Feds: No temporary sheltering of Central American children in Syracuse

Federal officials looks at the former Sisters of St. Francis convent to house Central American children.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The federal government is dropping plans to house children fleeing violence in Central America and coming to the United States in temporary shelters, including one considered in Syracuse.

WRVO has confirmed the news, which Syracuse.com first reported this afternoon. A spokesman for the mayor said government officials had notified the mayor of the decision.

It's affective for all sites in the country considered for temporary shelters.

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8:57am

Wed August 13, 2014
Agriculture

Branch by branch, artist grafts a Tree of 40 Fruit

An artist rendering of the Tree of 40 Fruit mature and in bloom.
Sam Van Aken courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Art

Imagine dozens of different kinds of fruit all hanging from a single tree. It's the dream of a Syracuse artist, who is building such a tree, branch by branch.

Grafting fruit trees is a practice almost as old as fruit trees themselves. Mending branches from two different varieties of fruit is how we get hybrid fruit varieties.

Syracuse University art professor Sam Van Aken is taking the art of graft to another level.

In a make-shift tree nursery behind the school’s art building, Van Aken has been slowly grafting together what he's calling the Tree of 40 Fruit.

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8:11am

Wed August 13, 2014
Politics

GOP candidates file for new "Stop Common Core" ballot line

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the GOP candidate for governor.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Republican candidate for governor and other state-wide conservative candidates have submitted their names for a new “Stop Common Core” party ballot line.

The campaign of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino says they collected about four-times as many signatures as the 15,000 needed to apply to create a new ballot line.

Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci, who is running for state comptroller as a Republican, is also applying for the line. He says they hope to win votes on the line from liberals and conservatives.

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6:54am

Mon August 11, 2014
Regional Coverage

Some answers about Syracuse housing Central American children

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner listens to residents at a community meeting a few weeks ago.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

At a community meeting a few weeks ago, questions and comments about Syracuse being used as a shelter site for children flooding into the country from Central America were heaved at Mayor Stephanie Miner for two hours; some written neatly on note cards, others shouted from a crowded room.

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2:35pm

Fri August 8, 2014
Business

Business ownership still a bit of a boy's club, women say

While more women are breaking into the ranks of corporate executives, they still face challenges getting there. Several female business owners discussed the hurdles at a forum in Syracuse.

Coding a new iPhone app doesn’t take brawn and muscle, so it’s a place tech-savvy women have just a good a change of breaking into as men.

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1:00pm

Thu August 7, 2014
Technology

Private drones cleared for flight over upstate New York

Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the first private drone flights over upstate New York as part of a national testing program.

The Northeast UAS (unmanned aerial systems) Airspace Integration Research Alliance, or NUAIR, has spent the better part of the year waiting for the FAA's approval to begin testing remotely piloted aircraft.

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6:41am

Thu August 7, 2014
Politics

Katko wins a disputed labor endorsement

John Katko, the Republican candidate for New York's 24th Congressional District.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Republican candidate for the Syracuse-area's congressional seat has won the endorsement of one labor union leader, but other area labor unions are saying they're still strongly behind the Democrat in the race.

Tim Hogan, the former president of the now dissolved Teamsters 182 says he endorsed long-time friend John Katko's effort to unseat Rep. Dan Maffei back in April, before his union chapter merged with a Teamsters chapter based in Albany.

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6:55am

Wed August 6, 2014
Transportation

First glance at the buildings in the path of a new I-81

Rethink 81

Rebuilding Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse will mean impact to properties along it. Now a group opposed to that has outlined what impact a new, wider elevated highway could have on the cityscape.

The state transportation department says as many as 40 buildings in Syracuse could have to come down to make way for a wider highway cutting through downtown, since a new viaduct would have to be up to 30 feet wider to meet regulations for modern roadways.

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