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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6:46am

Tue July 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

Historic Syracuse home slowly being renovated

The Babcock-Shattuck home in Syracuse's Westcott neighborhood was built in the 1890's but has been vacant for decades.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Renovations have slowly been continuing on an historic home on Syracuse’s east side.

The Babcock-Shattuck House stands at the gateway to Syracuse’s Westcott neighborhood. It’s also a rare empty property in an otherwise vibrant area.

It was built around 1895 and last served as a home for Jewish war veterans. It's been empty since the late 1980's.

Now, the University Neighborhood Preservation Association is working to convert the vacant property into four condos.

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1:01pm

Thu July 11, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Syracuse consumer confidence tops among upstate cities

The Syracuse region now has the best consumer confidence for metropolitan regions in upstate New York, as buyers there are finally starting to feel like this year’s economy will be better than the past one.

Consumer confidence was still the highest in New York City for the past three months, according to a consumer confidence index tabulated by the Siena Research Institute.

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9:13am

Wed July 10, 2013
Transportation

D.O.T. delays next step of I-81 challenge

Zack Seward WXXI

The next stage of the planning process regarding the future of the elevated portion of Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse has been pushed back a few weeks, as heat grows on state officials over the process.

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5:19am

Tue July 9, 2013
Agriculture

Wet weather straining farmers, but season not a washout yet

Brian Reeves plucks dead leaves off of pepper plants on his Baldwinsville farm.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Brian Reeves is plucking dead leaves off of pepper plants on his farm in Baldwinsville.

"If it keeps up, they will lose more and more leaves and you come back here in two weeks and it's like a stem with no leaves," he says. "It's just gone."

Low-lying spots in his fields are wetter than they should be with large puddles collecting in some areas. Crops trying to grow in those areas are showing signs of too much moisture - like dead leaves and disease.

It's a result of the wetter-than-average summer so far in upstate New York.

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3:40pm

Fri July 5, 2013
Recreation

State parks largely open for busy holiday weekend

While the heavy rains in central and northern New York caused flooding last week, the region's state parks, for the most part, are up and running.

That's good news with the busy Independence Day holiday weekend upon us.

While a handful of state parks in central New York were forced to close their gates last week when heavy rains caused flooding, state parks office spokesman Randy Simons says all but one site has reopened.

The site that's still closed is the boat launch on Canadarago Lake in Otsego County.

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12:22pm

Thu July 4, 2013
Independence Day

Pretty much everything lights up on the 4th of July

The fireworks display at Emerson Park in Auburn, N.Y. on July 3.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Communities across central and northern New York this week are playing with glow sticks, grilling hot dogs and looking up at the night sky to watch a fireworks display.

Here's a postcard from Wednesday evening's Independence Day festivities at Emerson Park in Auburn, N.Y.

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4:08pm

Wed July 3, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Syracuse heavily dependent on health care for economic recovery

St. Joseph's Hospital on Syracuse's north side is one of the hospitals driving the city's job growth.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

More than a third of the post-recession jobs Syracuse has gained have come in the health care sector. That's a percentage that puts it near the top of cities dependent on the industry for economic growth.

According to numbers tabulated by the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Institute, 35.9 percent of Syracuse's recently added jobs have been in health care. Only three other metro areas in the country had a higher percentage.

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3:43pm

Fri June 28, 2013
Regional Coverage

Minority trades training program comes to Syracuse

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner poses for pictures with participants in a construction and trade training program.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A new job training program is hoping to boost minority employment in construction and trades in the Syracuse area.

The city of Syracuse is putting its backing behind the workforce training program run by the National Association of Minority Contractors.

Otis Jennings, president of the local chapter of the association, brought the program to Syracuse. He says the best part of the program is the training is standardized and participants can take the certificate anywhere.

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8:10am

Fri June 28, 2013
Business

Port of Oswego shifts its business from water to land

Freight moved by rail and truck has risen to make up half of the Port of Oswego's business.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Jonathan Daniels warns it's about to get real loud just as a fork lift drops a huge block of aluminum. Sure enough, the block creates a thud as the forklift goes back to pick up another piece.

Daniels, the executive director of the Port of Oswego, is making his rounds. Despite the port's prime real estate at the end of the Oswego Canal and the first deep water port on Lake Ontario for ships coming in from the St. Lawrence Seaway, there aren't any ships docked here this day.

But workers are still busy. Inside a warehouse, another crew is filling up a railcar with grain.

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4:02pm

Thu June 27, 2013
Drones

Privacy vs. economic benefit, as Syracuse weighs drone use

Dan Pacheco, a professor at Syracuse University, demonstrates a small drone equipped with a camera.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse lawmakers have begun weighing the economic benefits and potential uses of drones with the surveillance and privacy concerns that arise simultaneously.

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8:17am

Thu June 27, 2013
Regional Coverage

Rally celebrates Supreme Court's decision to throw out DOMA

Cherie Ackerson gives an impromptu speech about how far the gay rights movement has come at a rally in Syracuse Wednesday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Dozen of marriage equality supporters gathered Wednesday evening to react to the Supreme Court’s decision that the nearly two decade old Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, is unconstitutional.

Speeches inside a steamy First English Lutheran Church in Syracuse mixed between celebration and rally cries to continue pushing for equality.

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10:14am

Tue June 25, 2013
Erie Canal

Barge traffic increases along Erie Canal

Tugboat Margot engineer Lee Palmateer and deck hand Kenson Delacruz (background) dock a barge along the Oswego Canal.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York's Erie Canal is reviving its history to again be an economic corridor for commercial shipping through upstate New York — after decades of being mostly used by recreational boats.

Shipping from Canada is expected to lead to a level of commercial traffic not seen in decades.

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8:49am

Tue June 25, 2013
Politics and Government

Councilor accuses mayor of misleading about planning merger

Syracuse Common Councilor Lance Denno questions Andrew Maxwell, head of planning for Syracuse, about his department's merger with the county.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

An increasingly disgruntled Syracuse common councilor accused the mayor's office of misleading taxpayers about the city and Onondaga County's merger of their planning departments.

Just as Monday's routine pre-meeting study session was wrapping up, councilor Lance Denno called the mayor's press secretary, Alexander Marion, before them.

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2:38pm

Fri June 21, 2013
Energy

Nine Mile nuclear plant passes federal emergency drill

Federal officials gave Oswego County's nuclear power complex a good grade after an emergency preparedness drill conducted this week.

Plant workers and emergency officials had to respond to a simulated equipment malfunction and radiation leak, where the wind then shifted.

"They have to react and they have to react quickly and that’s one of the things we’re looking for; to make sure that they understand what the change means, what it implies, and what to do about it," says FEMA's Rebecca Thomson.

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2:05pm

Tue June 18, 2013
Tourism

Allowing Canadians to stay in U.S. 2 more months "a shot in the arm"

Sen. Charles Schumer discussed a proposed Canadian retiree visa while in Syracuse on Monday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Older Canadians will be able to spend more time in the United States under a proposal floated by New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer.

Right now, Canadians can stay in the U.S. up to six months. Many retired Canadians use up that time at winter homes in the Southwest or Florida.

By creating a retiree visa that would allow for eight months spent south of the border, Schumer is hopeful it will translate into more short trips to places closer to the Canadian border, like the Finger Lakes region.

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4:34pm

Mon June 17, 2013
Business

Syracuse begs Sunoco to allow the sale of three vacant gas stations

One of three vacant gas stations near the intersection of Seneca Turnpike and East Brighton Ave. city officials want redeveloped.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse officials are accusing the ownership of three vacant gas stations at a southern entrance to the city of blocking the properties' sale in the name of competition.

On Monday, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner brought in Sen. Charles Schumer to call on Sunoco to allow the sale and redevelopment of the stations near the intersection of Seneca Turnpike and East Brighton Ave.

One of the properties has been vacant more than 15 years.

Entering the city and driving past the rundown properties sets "a bad tone" for the area, Schumer said.

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6:14am

Thu June 13, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo stumps for campaign reform with stop in Syracuse

Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Syracuse Wednesday to stump for campaign reform.
Ryan Delaney WRVO File

As a recent poll shows his approval rating continuing to slide, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a trip through upstate New York Wednesday with a stop in Syracuse to push for his newly released campaign reform package.

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11:37am

Tue June 11, 2013
Politics

DeFrancisco: Cuomo's abortion rights provision a "non-starter"

State Sen. John DeFrancisco says the governor's abortion rights provision is a "non-starter."
Durrie Lawrence WRVO

A top Senate Republican says Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s abortion rights provision in a women’s equality bill stands little chance of passage in the chamber.

Senate Finance Committee Chair John DeFrancisco, from Syracuse, is one of the leading members of the Senate GOP conference. He says it’s unlikely that his house will pass Governor Cuomo’s proposal to codify into New York law the abortion rights in the federal Roe v. Wade decision.

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8:40am

Tue June 11, 2013
Transportation

Syracuse lawmakers take up the I-81 debate

Arleen Fordock told the Syracuse Common Council I-81 should be rebuilt through downtown, but wider.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Just a handful of Syracuse residents turned up to the Common Council's first public hearing on the lengthy and divisive debate over the future of Interstate 81 through the city's core.

Previous public forums hosted by transportation planners brought out hundreds of people and generated an equal number of comments and different opinions.

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7:08am

Tue June 11, 2013
Education

Say Yes to Education marks five years in Syracuse schools

Say Yes to Education offers career counseling, along with its college tuition pledge.
Stephen Sartori Say Yes to Education

Non-profit education initiative Say Yes to Education marked five years in the Syracuse school district by touting increases in college enrollment and adding some top schools to the program.

Say Yes entered Syracuse schools in 2009 with the goal of overhauling urban education and increasing the city's chronically poor graduation rates. Syracuse was the first city-wide implementation of the program.

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6:39am

Fri June 7, 2013
Regional Coverage

Congress begins work on Tubman home national park

The Harriet Tubman home in Auburn, N.Y. is a candidate to become a national park.
Credit Heather L / via Flickr

A congressional committee has begun taking up the designation of Harriet Tubman’s home in Auburn as a national park.

A House sub-committee on natural resources heard testimony Thursday from Rep. Dan Maffei, D-DeWitt, and the Rev. Daren Jaime of the AME Zion church and boardmember for the organization that runs the home of the former anti-slavery leader.

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2:49pm

Wed June 5, 2013
Regional Coverage

More space to get up close with the elephants at the zoo

Children pet Siri, one of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo's Asian elephants, at the opening of a new animal encounter.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Visitors to the zoo in Syracuse will be able to enjoy better views of the elephants and other animals now that a new animal encounter is officially open.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo on the city's west side dedicated the Northwest Mutual Animal Encounter on Wednesday.

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5:34am

Wed June 5, 2013
Higher Ed

Central New York colleges win SUNY 2020 grant

A group of central New York public colleges is among the winners of the governor's second round of the SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program.

The state's College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Upstate Medical University and Onondaga Community College in Syracuse and SUNY Oswego teamed up for the program.

They were awarded $15 million to start an institute of environmental health and medicine.

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4:30pm

Tue June 4, 2013
Business

Byrne Dairy expanding one of its Syracuse-area plants

Byrne Dairy is planning an expansion of one of its Syracuse-area facilities.
novemberdelta via Flickr

An increased demand for long-lasting dairy products has prompted Byrne Dairy to expand one of its three dairy processing facilities in the Syracuse area.

Byrne Dairy-owned Ultra Dairy wants to add about 100,000 square feet to its plant along Interstate 481 in DeWitt. The company says the expansion will allow them to add about 50 more jobs at the plant.

Ultra Dairy uses a more sterilized pasteurization process that allows products to have a shelf life of up to 140 days. The plant hasn't been able to keep up with orders lately, it told county economic development officials.

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8:33am

Tue June 4, 2013
Business

Former New Venture Gear plant may have new tenant

New Venture Gear once employed 4,000 people making auto parts in DeWitt, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The old New Venture Gear auto parts factory in suburban Syracuse could have a new tenant much quicker than county economic development officials expected.

A newly formed company called American Intermodal Container Manufacturing Inc. wants to use about half of the large factory to make shipping containers.

New Venture Gear concluded a long shutdown of its DeWitt plant in August. It once employed 4,000 people making parts for SUVs.

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5:54am

Fri May 31, 2013
Transportation

Maffei wants more creative options for I-81's future in Syracuse

Rep. Dan Maffei, D-DeWitt, is calling for more creative options for I-81 future through downtown Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse-area Rep. Dan Maffei has weighed in on the future of Interstate 81 through the city’s downtown. The Democrat, from suburban DeWitt, is calling for more creative options than the ones currently on the table.

Transportation planners last week unveiled the two options (whittled down from five) they’ve deemed most feasible for the aging Interstate 81: rebuilding the elevated highway, or rerouting it and putting an urban boulevard in its place.

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8:34am

Thu May 30, 2013
Technology

No chip fabricator any time soon for Liverpool business park

Archive image of the General Electric plant in Liverpool in its heyday.
G.E. file photo

It was January 2012 when Democratic U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer stood in front of an empty building at the old General Electric site in Liverpool and said California-based chip maker APIC Corp. landing a Navy contract and then opening up a fabricator in the building was “all but a done deal."

But this week the senator admitted the contract was dead.

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4:05pm

Wed May 29, 2013
Business

Stickley Furniture owed $2 million over lack of tariff enforcement

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants better enforcement of furniture dumping on Chinese manufacturers.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Long time central New York furniture maker Stickley says it is owed a couple million dollars from the federal government in uncollected tariff fees on international competition.

The company alleges Chinese furniture makers are partaking in a practice called "dumping" -- flooding the market with cheaper products sold at a loss – which drives out competition.

A tariff on Chinese furniture was enacted in 2005. During that time, Stickely earned about $8 million from the fees collected on Chinese products sold in the U.S.

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12:50pm

Mon May 27, 2013
Regional Coverage

Memorial Day is "a day to remember" those who served

Marek Pierce, 7-years-old, and her grandfather Will Pierce watch the Fayetteville Memorial Day parade.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Thousands of central New Yorkers lined streets to watch parades, visited memorials and waved American flags today to commemorate Memorial Day.

It's a day to remember those who served in the military and made the ultimate sacrifice.

Here are a few of the sights and sounds from the Memorial Day parade this morning in Fayetteville, N.Y.

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9:31am

Fri May 24, 2013
Politics and Government

Senecas are remaining holdout to reach a casino deal with NY state

Seneca Casino, Niagara Falls
Daniel Robison/Innovation Trail

The governor is optimistic Oneida and Madison Counties will go along with the deal he struck last week with the Oneida Indian Nation over casino gambling. The state also reached a deal with St. Regis Mohawk leaders this week. The Seneca Nation is the remaining holdout tribe still in dispute with the state over gambling

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