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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8:31am

Tue January 15, 2013
The Upstate Economy

New startup competition underway in Syracuse

Bea Arthur, founder of Pretty Padded Room, introduces herself on the first day of Startup Labs.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

3:39pm

Fri January 11, 2013
Politics and Government

Hanna talks gun control, small business and term limits

Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barnevald, at a Remmington Arms factory in Ilion, N.Y.
Richard Hanna for Congress

Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, is taking a bit of a wait-and-see approach to new gun control legislation, but he has gotten the opinion of at least one high school class in his district.

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11:52am

Thu January 10, 2013
Business

Central New York's 2013 economy may be "instant replay" of 2012

The main economic booster engine for central New York is predicting economic growth in the region in 2013 will look a lot like last year.

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5:48am

Wed January 9, 2013
Business

Survey: upstate businesses less optimistic about economy in 2013

Business executives from across upstate New York are less confident about the economy going into 2013, an annual survey has found.

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3:27pm

Mon January 7, 2013
Business

Fiscal Cliff deal is good news for small business

While the Fiscal Cliff deal passed by Congress at the turn of the New Year raised taxes on some of the wealthiest people in America, it left many tax breaks in place that benefit small businesses. That is, along as they take advantage of them.

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9:15am

Mon January 7, 2013
Regional Coverage

Syracuse's Mizpah Tower may have a new buyer

The Mizpah Tower, seen here in a postcard image, has a new suitor.
Credit Boston Public Library / via Flickr

A long-closed historic downtown Syracuse building may have a new buyer, as someone has triggered the foreclosure process on the Mizpah Tower.

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7:41am

Mon January 7, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Wind energy tax credit extension means "big sigh of relief"

Sarah Harris NCPR

With several tax credits and incentives for the wind industry extended by Congress for at least another year, wind projects in upstate New York can move forward with a little more confidence.

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7:23am

Fri January 4, 2013
Science

2012 heat causes temperature records to fall

Twenty-three of 35 major Northeast cities set temperature records in 2012.
jovelstefan via Flickr

As far as weather measurements go, Syracuse crushed its old record for the warmest year ever recorded. Central New Yorkers dealt with the warmest temperatures in more than 80 years during 2012.

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4:16pm

Wed January 2, 2013
Government

Syracuse reducing use of criticized hiring practice

The city of Syracuse has reduced the number of city workers it has on the rolls of a non-city run agency as a way of skirting civil service rules.

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9:11am

Wed January 2, 2013
Environment

Last year's Christmas tree is this spring's mulch

Onondaga County will be collecting Christmas trees to be turned into mulch.
lizard10979 via Flickr

If you're putting away Christmas decorations and taking ornaments off the tree, Onondaga County's recycling agency wants to make sure that old tree gets re-purposed.

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7:00am

Tue January 1, 2013
Arts

What's Landmark Theatre's economic impact on Syracuse

The Landmark Theatre opened in 1928, with seating for just under 3,000 people, as a silent movie theater. It was first known at Loew's State's Theatre.
Landmark Theatre

Most major centers for the arts, like an old theater downtown, usually don't turn a profit. They're not really expected to. But last month at a forum at downtown Syracuse's Landmark Theatre, the argument was made that grandiose theaters shouldn't be viewed as charities.

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2:35pm

Mon December 31, 2012
Politics

Deal reached to stop the $6 gallon of milk

A deal is on the table to stop milk prices from rising to $6 a gallon.
Credit wander.lust / via Flickr

Congress seems to have reached a deal to stop milk prices from rising to a warned about $6 a gallon in the New Year, but it's unclear if it will be voted on before the end of 2012.

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8:25am

Wed December 26, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Private colleges' impact on upstate economy rises to $22.8 billion

Colleges and universities are becoming an even bigger part of upstate New York's economy, according to a new report by a group that represents private institutions in the state.

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4:05pm

Thu December 20, 2012
Health

Simple Admit tries to make those pre-op screenings a little easier

Dan Coholan, left, and Mike Horning founded the web-based surgical admisson system Simple Admit three years ago.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

You don't have to know the answer to every question. And a little cartoon dog named Sam will pop up to let you know if you messed something up.

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6:04am

Wed December 19, 2012
Regional Coverage

Saranac brewery cuts ribbon on new biodigester

F.X. Matt Brewing CEO Nick Matt, in blazer, checks plans for a biodigester in June. The system will begin operating next month.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The historic F.X. Matt Brewery, maker of the popular Saranac line of beers, is getting more "green" next month. It won't be making green beer on a regular basis, as some brewers do for St. Patrick's Day, but it will flip the switch on a new anaerobic digester.

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5:56am

Wed December 19, 2012
Health

A hospital invests not only in new buildings, but a neighborhood

Team building exercises are part of a tryout to get into a Green Train program sponsored by St. Joseph's Hospital.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Construction cranes poke above the already looming structure of St. Joseph's Hospital on the north side of Syracuse. Women in hospital scrubs and men in reflective vests and hard hats walk past, but Dominic Robinson is facing the other direction.

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1:32pm

Tue December 18, 2012
Recreation

Rain and warm temps keep area ski resorts closed

Last night's rainfall was not a welcome sound for Peter Harris, owner of Song Mountain in Tully.

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8:32am

Tue December 18, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Schumer: 774 jobs will stay at CNY manufacturer after takeover

New York's senior senator, Charles Schumer, announced this afternoon that more than 700 jobs will remain at a manufacturer near Syracuse despite the company's recent takeover.

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7:36am

Tue December 18, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse approves plan to share funds with new land bank

The Syracuse Common Council voted Monday to give the city's newly formed land bank a loan for startup costs and to share property tax revenue so the land bank can function over the long term, but some felt the details of those plans left a lot to be desired.

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6:07am

Thu December 13, 2012
Regional Coverage

Funding structure for Syracuse's land bank slightly clearer

About 9 percent of properties in Syracuse are tax delinquent.
Credit Jinjian Liang / via Flickr

It began sending out foreclosure notices for the first time last month, but a long-term funding source for Syracuse and Onondaga County's newly formed land bank is just starting to come into focus; though some details remain to be worked out.

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4:08pm

Tue December 11, 2012
Science

Study finds mercury levels dropping in Atlantic Ocean

Mercury levels among fish caught in the Atlantic Ocean are dropping, but it's not the same case for fish from the Pacific Ocean.

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8:55am

Tue December 11, 2012
Environment

Onondaga Lake's mercury levels dropping more than expected

Dredging equipment sits on Onondaga Lake this summer.
Credit Ellen Abbott / WRVO

Even though dredging and capping operations to clean up contamination in Onondaga Lake is in its early stages, a scientist consulting on the project says mercury levels are dropping better than expected.

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8:04am

Fri December 7, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Defense contract that supports jobs in Syracuse cut from budget

A MEADS missile system on display at a trade show.
Credit courtesy / MEADS-AMD

Money for the final year of a missile system that supports a few hundred jobs for a defense contractor near Syracuse has been removed from Congress' defense budget. But Lockheed Martin is keeping optimistic that the money could find its way back into the budget.

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4:29pm

Tue December 4, 2012
Business

Money from Destiny USA could be used for Inner Harbor upgrades

Syracuse's Inner Harbor.
Credit scottwdw / via Flickr

Some of the money collected through the tax break agreement between the Destiny USA mega-mall and Syracuse will be used to try and win federal funding for Inner Harbor improvements. The Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA) has approved the use of $500,000 from Destiny payments to be part of a match for a federal grant the city is applying for.

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12:12pm

Tue December 4, 2012
Government

Council wants to kick-start land bank operations

The Syracuse Common Council has proposed loaning the newly formed city-county land bank money so it can begin operating in earnest, but questions remain on the availability of those funds.

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5:39am

Tue December 4, 2012
Regional Coverage

North side hookah lounge will not be allowed to reopen

A hookah lounge on Syracuse's north side will not be reopening for a second time. The Common Council has rejected a permit for the business to do so.

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9:03am

Mon December 3, 2012
Startups

60 seconds on the clock, a pitch for co-founders

Participants pitch their ideas for startups with the hope of gaining teammates at Startup Weekend.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Microphone in hand, hopeful entrepreneurs began their pitches: a way to track when the next bus is coming, a more portable sailboat, a social network for food lovers.

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8:59am

Fri November 30, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Plastic maker breaks ground on expansion in Auburn

Economic development officials and company workers held a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of Currier Plastics in Auburn.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The walls on the 55,000 square foot expansion started going up a few weeks ago, but company owners and state and local economic development officials still gathered Thursday at Currier Plastics in Auburn to throw some dirt around with gleaming shovels.

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9:43pm

Tue November 27, 2012
Environment

CNY working on its part of state-wide sustainability plan

A central New York planning agency is moving into the public comment period as it works to create its contribution to a state-wide sustainability plan.

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8:00am

Thu November 22, 2012
Technology

Law school program helps bring research to the market, for free

Syracuse University law professor Ted Hagelin lectures during his course on technology commercialization.
Credit NYS Science & Technology Law Center

Law students have often been used to help solve so-called "cold-cases," but criminal law isn’t the only place their skills are being put to use. Syracuse University law school professor Ted Hagelin's class focuses on the cutting edge of technology.

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