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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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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4:20pm

Mon March 18, 2013
Government

Syracuse council will rework "Ban the Box" legislation

The Syracuse Common Council has temporarily pulled the "Ban the Box" legislation in order to conduct more public outreach and rework the legislation.

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12:27pm

Wed March 13, 2013
Herkimer County shooting

Police shoot and kill suspected killer of 4 in Herkimer County rampage

Suspected shooter Kurt Myers.
Credit New York State Police

Updated, Thursday 5:50 p.m.: Local police officers were "overwhelmed" as they raced from scene to scene yesterday morning in pursuit of a shooter who first set his home on fire and then killed four people and wounded two others at two different locations in Herkimer County.

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3:04pm

Tue March 12, 2013
Drones

Domestic drone industry may bring $443 million to New York

Joe Kummer is president of Propulsive Wing, a small drone maker in Elbridge, N.Y.
Credit Ryan Delaney / WRVO

New York state is poised to become one of the nation's leading economic beneficiaries of a burgeoning domestic drone industry, according to a new report from an industry trade group.

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5:25am

Tue March 12, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Investment pledge is "glimmer of hope" for Remington workers

More than 1,200 people work at Remington Arms in Ilion, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A pledge of new investment from its parent company and news of a newly secured military contract have workers at Remington Arms a little more optimistic their jobs will be staying in upstate New York.

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3:12pm

Tue March 5, 2013
Politics and Government

Syracuse's council accused of delaying Comprehensive Plan

Syracuse's Director of Planning and Sustainability Andrew Maxwell accused the Syracuse Common Council Monday of "moving the goalposts" on enacting the city's 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which would be a guide to future zoning and land-use policies in the city.

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5:51am

Tue March 5, 2013
Regional Coverage

Syracuse will seize troubled, vacant landmark property

A postcard image of the Mizpah Tower in downtown Syracuse.
Credit Boston Public Library / via Flickr

Syracuse will formally commence the foreclosure process on a long vacant downtown church, aiming to turn the historic building into another part of a downtown residential boom.

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4:19pm

Thu February 28, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Carl Schramm writes in Forbes: Syracuse has "economic amnesia"

Syracuse native Carl Schramm says his hometown has "economic amnesia."
Credit Ryan Delaney / WRVO

In an essay in Forbes Magazine, entrepreneurship expert and Syracuse native Carl Schramm knocks his hometown for forgetting its innovative roots and potentially dooming its future.

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4:55pm

Wed February 27, 2013
Regional Coverage

Potential buyer wants to turn Mizpah Tower into luxury apartments

CORRECTION March 4: Current Mizpah Tower owner Syracuse Bangkok, LLC. is $115,646.31 delinquent on taxes, according to the Onondaga County property tax database.

A potential new owner of the long-vacant Mizpah Tower in downtown Syracuse is hoping to satisfy a certain kind of rental market. 

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3:25am

Tue February 26, 2013
All Tech Considered

Seeking A 'Field Of Dreams' For A Rising Drone Industry

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 11:18 am

Joe Kummer, president of Propulsive Wing in Elbridge, N.Y., is rooting for having a drone test site in upstate New York. He says it could save him trips to the West Coast to try out new drone prototypes.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

In three years, the federal government is expected to open the skies for the civilian use of drones. But before that, the Federal Aviation Administration will set up six drone test sites around the country. Stiff competition to get one of the sites is anticipated — driven by hopes of attracting thousands of new jobs.

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9:12am

Mon February 25, 2013
Gun Control

Onondaga County Legislature will voice opinion on state's gun laws

The Onondaga County Legislature is expected to join a growing list of county governments cementing their opposition to New York's new, stricter, gun control laws.

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3:30pm

Fri February 22, 2013
Regional Coverage

Onondaga County sheriff speaks out against new gun control rules

The Onondaga County sheriff’s office is speaking out on New York’s new gun control rules for the first time.

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9:02am

Thu February 21, 2013
Business

DiNapoli says Syracuse's finances suffer from "systemic problems"

New York State's financial overseer is warning Syracuse's finances face "systemic problems."

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4:50pm

Wed February 20, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Upstate New York bids to become federal drone testing site

Joe Kummer, president of Propulsive Wing in Elbridge, N.Y. demonstrates his prototype unmanned aerial vehicle.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A coalition of upstate New York universities and defense contractors has submitted a bid to become a federally designated testing and research site for the integration of unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, into domestic airspace.

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3:20pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Business

Small business training program returns to Syracuse

The Small Business Administration is bringing a free training program back to central New York for the third time.

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9:15am

Wed February 20, 2013
Gun Control

Syracuse University holds discussion on gun violence

Dr. James Knoll, center, speaks at a discussion on gun violence at Syracuse University. The other panelists, from left, are Scott Armstrong, Robert Spitzer, Helen Hudson and Stephen Barton.
Stephen Sartori Syracuse University

There was an almost constant collecting of index cards in Hendricks Chapel Tuesday evening, each containing a question on the issue of gun violence in America. The questions were for five panelists participating in what was billed by Syracuse University as a discussion, not a debate, on gun violence in America.

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1:40am

Wed February 20, 2013
Jobs

Union, advocates, push back on Canal Corporation layoffs

The Erie Canal's Lock 9 at Rotterdam Junction.
Dougtone via Flickr

The New York Thruway Authority's decision to layoff 234 staff as part of a strategy to address its financial predicament includes the loss of 42 canal workers who maintain 57 locks along the 524-mile length of the Erie Canal that connects the Hudson River to Lake Erie in the west.

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5:01am

Tue February 19, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Cuomo wants to shift some IDA powers to his regional councils

In Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget, the state’s Industrial Development Agencies, or IDAs, would no longer be able to grant state sales tax exemptions for economic development projects. Instead, that authority will go to Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Councils.

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8:50am

Fri February 15, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Report says more collaboration needed in upstate revitalization

More collaboration is needed between the several efforts under way to revitalize upstate New York's "legacy cities," says a report released this week by a public affairs institute.

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10:54am

Wed February 13, 2013
Business

Startups awaiting permission to "crowdfund" for new investors

Startup businesses in upstate New York, a region that sometimes struggles to attract big investors, are anxiously awaiting permission to begin soliciting funding from a new type of investor.

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8:14am

Tue February 12, 2013
Business

Gillibrand proud of Remington, but says backing it is up to Cuomo

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) speaks at gas sensor manufacturer Inficon Inc., in East Syracuse on Monday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Firearm manufacturer Remington Arms is a part of New York's long tradition of manufacturing, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says, but using taxpayer dollars to make sure they stay in upstate New York is up to the governor.

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9:26am

Fri February 8, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Inaugural Startup Labs teams show off their work

Nick Nickitas, center, CEO of Rosie, goes over his presentation with co-workers.
Ryan Delaney/WRVO

In the lobby of the historic Syracuse Trust Building in downtown - currently under renovation - a bunch of people gathered on Thursday afternoon to hear the ideas of some startup businesses. The location was picked to show off two parts of Syracuse on the up-and-up: its downtown and its startup scene.

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1:43am

Wed February 6, 2013
Gun Control

Courtships of Remington Arms may not be too serious

Lawmakers from several states are encouraging Remington Arms to leave New York.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

6:20am

Fri February 1, 2013
Technology

Rochester remains strong center for patents; Albany rising

A patent for a flying machine from 1869.
U.S. National Archives via Flickr

Patent activity - an indicator of economic ingenuity - has been on a steady rise for the past three decades, a report by the Brookings Institution has found, but innovation is shifting to high-tech sectors and the highly educated.

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