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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8:57am

Fri May 10, 2013
Gun control

Remington Arms' owner breaks silence on state's gun laws

Remington Arms employs about 1,300 people in the Mohawk Valley town of Ilion, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The owner of the Remington Arms factory in upstate New York has finally made a statement about the state's strict gun control laws, calling them unconstitutional, nearly four months after their enactment.

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9:13am

Tue May 7, 2013
Transportation

20 year high expected for commercial traffic on canals

Boats sit along the Erie Canal in upstate New York.
J. Stephen Conn via Flickr

While often seen as an economic lifeline of another era, New York's canals are poised to have a big year for moving freight; almost two centuries after goods were first transported on the upstate New York waterway.

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6:24am

Tue April 30, 2013
Business

'Buy local' promoter will hold local economy summit in Syracuse

Syracuse First founder Chris Fowler announces The New Economy Summit to be held next month.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A promoter of the buy local movement in Syracuse will hold a regional summit next month to promote local business and encourage entrepreneurs to set up shop.

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3:13pm

Mon April 29, 2013
Arts

New arts festival coming to Syracuse

Artists in central New York will try to bring their craft to the masses during a new art festival and conference slated for late September.

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1:34pm

Mon April 29, 2013
Technology

Tech industry calls STEM jobs report flawed

A recent report claiming there are enough qualified Americans to work in the tech industry without  expanding current work visa programs, has drawn criticism.

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9:22am

Fri April 26, 2013
Business

Business lines up against proposed border crossing fee

The Destiny USA shopping mall relies on Canadian visitors for about a quarter of its business.
Destiny USA

Business leaders are joining with several New York members of Congress who oppose the idea of introducing a fee for visitors crossing the border into the U.S., citing the importance of Canadians to upstate New York’s economy.

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8:54am

Thu April 25, 2013
Agriculture

Once the dominant grower, New York is rediscovering hops

Dave Pasick sticks his head out of the barn on Szaro Farms outside of Utica, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Dave Pasick moved back to his family’s farm just north of Utica a few years ago, naming it Szaro Farms, after an old family name.

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4:06pm

Wed April 24, 2013
Energy

Army bases' land is resource for generating energy

Fort Drum sits on more that 107,000 acres in northern New York.
U.S. Army

The U.S. military is the largest consumer of energy in the federal government. But it also has a tremendous resource for generating its own energy: all the land bases sit on.

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3:01pm

Tue April 23, 2013
Government

Cuomo will join talks on upstate cities' fiscal problems

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.
Credit City of Syracuse

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signaled he will join the discussion between the mayors of upstate New York's biggest cities on how to deal with their looming fiscal struggles.

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6:29am

Mon April 22, 2013
Neighborhoods

Homeowners push for student zoning to fight rental properties

A rental property on Euclid Ave., in the University Area neighborhood of Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Southeast University Neighborhood Association has been fighting back against an invasion for decades.

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12:15pm

Tue April 16, 2013
Politics

Maffei marks 100 days back in office by talking jobs

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-DeWitt) speaks with students at an event marking his first 100 days back in Congress.
Ryan Delaney WRVO file photo

Central New York's congressman has marked his first 100 days back in office by laying out a blueprint for jobs and the economy.

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8:36am

Tue April 16, 2013
Business

Gillibrand holds small business listening tour with SBA

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), center, listens during a small business forum in Phoenix, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York's junior senator and the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration swung through upstate New York Monday to hold a series of roundtable talks with small business owners and economic development officials.

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2:28pm

Mon April 15, 2013
Jobs

29.5% of recent high school graduates can't find work

The unemployment rate for recent high school graduates has nearly doubled since the recession began, leaving almost a third of them without work, according to a report from an economic think tank.

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2:16pm

Fri April 12, 2013
Environment

Schumer pushes for more inspection and emergency action plans for NY dams

As spring rain showers fall, Sen. Charles Schumer is warning that more dams in the state should be inspected and have emergency action plans drawn up. 

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8:58am

Wed April 10, 2013
Regional Coverage

SUNY Oswego looks to build "innovation ecosystem"

It won't be a physical structure like some incubators. And it won't be trying to churn out startup businesses. Instead the incubator SUNY Oswego is launching this month will try to create an "innovation ecosystem."

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4:23pm

Mon April 8, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Upstate economic group calls for constant reinvention

Upstate New York's economy will need to be in a near-constant state of reinvention if it wants to survive in the current environment, according to CenterState CEO, an economic booster organization based in Syracuse.

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9:19am

Mon April 8, 2013
Economy

Salary prospects dim for the Class of 2013, more of the same ahead

Recent college graduates are facing smaller and smaller wages.
deanmeyersnet via Flickr

High paying jobs will remain elusive for the class of 2013 as a slow economic recovery drags on, according to numbers tallied by an economic policy center.

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3:27pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Politics

Cuomo says relationship with Syracuse Mayor Miner is "fine"

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his relationship with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is "fine."
Zack Seward WXXI

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his relationship with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is "fine," but the two have not talked in a few months.

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4:29pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Business

Destiny USA and Syracuse reach deal to avoid legal battles

The Destiny USA shopping mall in Syracuse, N.Y.
Destiny USA

For the first time in Bill Ryan's 10 years of public service, Syracuse and the owner of the Destiny USA mega-sized shopping mall are not facing legal action. Ryan is a former common councilor and now chief of staff for the mayor and chairman of Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA), the city's development arm.

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4:40pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Government

Syracuse council approves "booting," wants more fiscal input

Syracuse will contract out some parking enforcement to crack down on drivers with several unpaid tickets.
quinn.anya via Flickr

Syracuse will begin going after the roughly 19,000 drivers with multiple unpaid parking tickets in a few months thanks to a new deal to ramp up "booting."

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4:23pm

Fri March 29, 2013

9:15am

Fri March 29, 2013
Food

Is it worth doing the leg work to track 'food miles'?

Some scientists argue counting food miles isn't the thing to focus on when measuring sustainable eating.
urban sea star via Flickr

Here's a catchphrase someone who's been to a farmer's market is probably familiar with: "buy local." And for those who try and follow the mantra closely, you may also be familiar with "food miles," the notion of counting how far your strawberries traveled to land on top of your bowl of Cheerios.

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5:46am

Wed March 27, 2013
Politics

IDAs retain right to give out state tax breaks in budget win

New York's numerous economic development bodies will still have the ability to give out state-level tax breaks in a deal struck with Gov. Andrew Cuomo in state budget negotiations.

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2:39pm

Mon March 25, 2013
Drones

Hanna optimistic upstate New York will land drone test site

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld), right, is a member of the House "drone caucus."
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Upstate New York has a good chance of becoming one of six federally designated drone testing sites to be named later this year, says Rep. Richard Hanna.

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6:45am

Sat March 23, 2013
Education

Hanna promotes STEM competition for students

Rep. Richard Hanna is hoping a competition for students studying science, math, and engineering will encourage them to go into the field after they complete school.

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4:48pm

Fri March 22, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Money for MEADS work makes its way back into budget

A Medium Extended Air Defense Systems on display.
courtesy MEADS-AMD

Money for a defense contract that supports several hundred jobs at a plant in central New York has found its way back into a federal spending plan.

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4:12pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Technology

Israeli companies will use UAlbany's nanotech school

Israel will spend up to $300 million a year for companies there to use UAlbany's nanoscale facilities.
UAlbany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

The state of Israel will spend up to $300 million a year in a new partnership with the University at Albany for Israeli companies to use the school's nanotechnology facilities.

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10:30am

Thu March 21, 2013
Business

Gillibrand pushes for national $10 minimum wage

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is pushing for a $10.10 federal minimum wage.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York's junior senator is staging a fight to raise the federal minimum wage to more than $10 an hour.

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10:40am

Tue March 19, 2013
Regional Coverage

New private jet hangar coming to Syracuse airport

The control tower at Syracuse's Hancock Airport.
mrsmecomber via Flickr

A group of private jet owners will build and operate its own hangar at Syracuse's Hancock Airport.

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8:35am

Tue March 19, 2013
Energy

$1 billion "green bank" would invest in clean tech projects

An energy-efficient heating and cooling system being tested at the Syracuse Center of Excellence.
Syracuse Center of Excellence

More energy-efficient technologies, from water heaters to wind turbine, have been coming onto the marketplace for decades.

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