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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12:46pm

Mon October 29, 2012
Weather

Sandy blows into upstate New York with high winds, rain

Credit screen shot / Weather Underground

Below is WRVO's coverage of the first day of Hurricane Sandy's impact on upstate New York. Later coverage can be found here.

Updated, 9:30 p.m.:

WRVO's Joanna Richards is reporting tonight on preparations being made in the North Country's Jefferson County. Here's an excerpt of her report:

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3:31pm

Sun October 28, 2012
Weather

Sandy will bring high winds and rain to region starting Monday

Credit Screen shot / National Weather Service

The massive storm system associated with Hurricane Sandy is scheduled to bring high winds and heavy rain to upstate New York starting Monday.

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4:27pm

Fri October 26, 2012

1:52pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Technology

Senate's "innovation banks" would help commercialize research

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), seen here this summer, is promoting a bill to create "innovation banks".
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York, is hoping to build a better bridge between academic research and the commercial market. On Wednesday, Gillibrand stopped in Buffalo and Syracuse to continue stumping for the America Innovates Act. The bill would put $200 million into "innovation banks" that could be then given to researchers to help further develop their inventions.

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6:08am

Tue October 23, 2012
Government

Council supports decrease in use of Syracuse hiring practice

The Common Council's finance committee asked for answers about how the city pays the employees who are on SURA's payroll in a meeting on Monday.
Joseph A Flickr

A few days after a state audit criticized a long-used Syracuse hiring practice to get around civil service laws, the Common Council probed the issue, but councilors came down more on the side of the mayor's office than the auditors.

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4:35pm

Thu October 18, 2012
Regional Coverage

State audit critical of Syracuse hiring practice

An audit released Thursday morning by a state oversight board is critical of a hiring practice long-used by the city of Syracuse to get around civil service requirements.

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10:18am

Wed October 17, 2012
Politics

More people may use Google to make their political choices

A new survey suggests more young people are taking to Google internet searches to help them make up their minds before they cast a vote.

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1:53pm

Wed October 10, 2012
Dalai Lama visit

Behind the Scenes: Lessons from a colleague from far, far away

The Dalai Lama answers questions Tuesday before the One World Concert in Syracuse.
Larry Busacca Getty Images for Syracuse University

WRVO News reporter Ryan Delaney covered the Dalai Lama's two-day visit to Syracuse. He shares some observations on the visit.

I was already nervous enough. Just on the other side of the door I was about to walk into probably the biggest press conference I had ever attended. Certainly the most heavily guarded.

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9:10am

Tue October 9, 2012
Regional Coverage

Dalai Lama calls for lesson of peace during panel discussions

The 14th Dalai Lama, right, jokes with Martin Luther King III during the second Common Ground for Peace discussion Monday.
Stephen Sartori Syracuse University

Standing ovations, laughter and awe surrounded the first of two days the 14th Dalai Lama is spending in Syracuse. The exiled spiritual leader of Tibet spent Monday in an auditorium at Syracuse University taking part in discussions on peace and democracy in a time of growing unrest in the Arab world.

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9:44am

Fri October 5, 2012
Business

Following the people, more stores call downtown Syracuse home

Downtown Syracuse has seen 24 new business open since October 2011, up from 13 the year before and nine the year before that.
aidypoos Flickr

Empty storefronts used to be a common site in downtown Syracuse, but now more are being leased out thanks in part to a growing demand from people to live in the city's urban center.

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3:40pm

Thu October 4, 2012
Politics

Senate candidate says fracking delay is unnecessary

U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long is accusing her opponent of not supporting natural gas drilling, which she says would create jobs in New York. Long, a Republican, held a press conference Wednesday in Syracuse to blame Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of delaying its approval.

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4:07pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Environment

Cuomo says health review of hydrofracking is "no step back"

New York state recently decided to conduct a health review of the controversial natural gas extraction method, hydrofracking. This will likely cause a November deadline to be missed and the public comment period to be re-opened. However, during a visit to Syracuse on Tuesday Governor Cuomo denied that he is stalling the process, saying a delay in the state’s decision on allowing hydrofracking is not a “step back.”

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9:51am

Wed October 3, 2012
Politics

No plans yet for Cuomo to campaign for congressional candidates

Governor Andrew Cuomo doesn’t have any set plans to bring his sky-high approval rating to a tight central New York congressional race.

Cuomo said during a visit in Syracuse on Tuesday that he’ll be making endorsements soon. But he doesn’t know yet if he’ll be campaigning for Democratic candidate Dan Maffei.

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4:08pm

Tue October 2, 2012
The Upstate Economy

All aboard: Cuomo takes bus tour of CNY regional council sites

Gov. Andrew Cuomo listens to Onondaga County Executive Joanne Mahoney at the Inner Harbor Tuesday in Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

On a chilly, drizzly Tuesday morning in Syracuse, Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a bus tour of development projects his administration has helped to fund. Along for the ride were local economic development officials, State cabinet members and the press.

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1:52pm

Mon October 1, 2012
Environment

Project SWIFT will create water quality database in Southern Tier

Workers on a drill pad in Pennsylvania.
Marie Cusick Innovation Trail/WMHT

Two Syracuse University geology professors - along with a graduate assistant or two - are hurrying to collect water samples from drinking wells in the Southern Tier before - and if - the natural gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing is approved in New York.

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10:51am

Mon October 1, 2012
Politics

Hanna and Lamb square off in first debate

Dan Lamb (left), the democratic candidate for the 22nd Congressional District, debated Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) Saturday in Cortland.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) and Democrat Dan Lamb sat inside an Elks Lodge in Cortland passing a microphone back and forth for two hours Saturday. It was the first time the two debated in their contest for the newly drawn 22nd Congressional District that stretches from the Southern Tier through central New York.

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12:27pm

Fri September 28, 2012
Startups

Professor looks to brackets for new student startup competition

A Syracuse University professor is designing a national startup tournament for college students.
OnTask Flickr

Sean Branagan doesn't want to get any angry phone calls from the NCAA's lawyers for ripping off their idea, but he took inspiration from a certain national college basketball tournament, held every March, for a new student startup competition.

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9:06am

Tue September 25, 2012
Business

Syracuse, Destiny USA appear headed to court over parking lots

Destiny USA is opening up an expansion to the mall, but it is not as big as once promised.
Destiny USA

The saga of the owner of the Destiny USA megamall and the city of Syracuse continues. The two appear destined to end up back in court as the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA) plans to file a lawsuit against developer Robert Congel's Pyramid Group - the mall's owner - over parking lots.

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8:03am

Mon September 24, 2012
Education

Say Yes "has potential" to improve Syracuse's economy

Say Yes to Education hosted a resume workshop for city teens this summer.
Stephen Sartori Say Yes to Education

Instead of trying to have as much pre-college life fun as possible, or maybe earning some spending cash for the upcoming semester, one of group of college-bound Syracuse teens spent the summer months getting a head start on college. They were rewarded for their efforts during a small ceremony at Onondaga Community College (OCC), where the 29 students are currently hitting the books, with a small ceremony.

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4:28pm

Thu September 20, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Regional councils roll out projects for round two

Empire State Development

The ten regional economic development councils were back at it this week in their efforts to bring home as big a slice of three-quarters of a billion dollar state funding pie as possible. The councils released their progress reports and a new list of projects they think deserve cash in order to spur economic development and job creation in their regions.

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4:11pm

Tue September 18, 2012
Regional Coverage

Funding uncertain as new "land banks" move forward

Three upstate New York cities are developing new agencies to tackle vacant properties.
Jinjian Liang Flickr

Newly formed "land banks" in upstate New York are moving forward, despite uncertainties on just how they'll work - or be funded. The quasi-public entity in Syracuse recently presented a plan to the city to begin foreclosing on its approximately 3,900 vacant and tax delinquent properties, but there are still unanswered questions.

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10:17am

Tue September 18, 2012
Politics

Miner speaks out about close state Senate races

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is criticizing campaign rhetoric used during one of last week’s state Senate primaries.  Three of the four Republican state senators who broke with the party to vote to legalize gay marriage last year faced tough primary battles September 13, and one of those contests turned particularly nasty in the closing days.

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2:01pm

Mon September 17, 2012
Environment

Gillibrand pushes cleanup program for post-industrial waterfronts

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), left, and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner listen to developer Steve Aiello explain his plans for the Inner Harbor.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand did one of her bill-promoting swings through upstate New York on Friday. This one was for money to help cities redevelopment their once industrial waterfronts. The Democratic senator stopped in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse to promote the Waterfront Brownfields Redevelopment Act.

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6:10am

Fri September 14, 2012
Arts

Film project hopes to tell story of each Syracuse neighborhood

A new film will tell a story from each of Syracuse's neighborhoods.
The 26 Neighborhoods Projects

Jamil Munoz grew up in Syracuse. He even moved around a couple times as a kid. Still, he had no idea there were so many different neighborhoods here.

Three years ago, while still in film school at Syracuse University, he came up with the idea to make a documentary about all of the city's different sections.

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11:20am

Tue September 11, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Does government have a role in creating the next Willis Carrier?

Carl Schramm is the former president of the Kauffman Foundation and now a University Professor at Syracuse University.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

There is a political debate going on this fall about government's role in supporting entrepreneurship and innovation.

It comes at a time when upstate New York continues to try and reinvent its economy. Small business incubators and accelerator programs are cropping up. The state has also made a major investment in creating a nanotech industry.

"The narrative that government is important? I don’t believe it’s true," says Carl Schramm.

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1:10pm

Thu September 6, 2012
Business

North side could have grocery store again in time for Christmas

Tops Friendly Markets plans to replace the now vacant Wegmans on Syracuse's north side.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Residents on Syracuse's north side could have a grocery store within walking distance again by the end of the year.

Syracuse's development agency approved tax breaks Thursday morning to help Tops Friendly Markets replace a Wegmans that left this summer.

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7:01am

Thu September 6, 2012
Hydrofracking

Fracking will bring heavy truck traffic, but towns are ready

A tanker trucks transports water for hydrofracking operations in Susquehanna County, Pa.
Marie Cusick WMHT

Transporting the millions of gallons of water, as well as equipment, sand, and other materials needed to hydraulically fracture a natural gas well requires quite a few truck trips, to put it mildly.

One well site could require up to 3,399 one-way truck trips [PDF], according to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation's 2011 draft environmental impact statement (dSGEIS) on hydrofracking.

All those trips by heavy trucks can quickly beat up and wear out roads if they're not built to handle it.

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3:45pm

Tue September 4, 2012
Politics

New York Democrats' hopes and plans for the DNC

New York state Democrats are well-represented at the Democratic National Convention which began in Charlotte, North Carolina Tuesday. But not all Democrats from the region are attending.

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10:18am

Tue September 4, 2012
Regional Coverage

Attendance at New York State Fair hits 20-year low

People mill about the state fair on its final morning.
Stu Gallagher New York State Fair

The 2012 New York State Fair is over and in the books. The final day was a chance for some to hit the midway for the first time, and for others to squeeze in one last visit.

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8:32am

Tue August 21, 2012
Environment

Gas industry takes issue with new study on fracking wastewater

Matt Richmond WSKG

The natural gas industry has responded quickly to a report we did last week on a new study looking at the potential harm from fracking wastewater treatment and removal.

The Innovation Trail spoke with John Krohn, Communications Director for Energy in Depth, an education and outreach arm of the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

Krohn wrote a lengthy critique of Stony Brook University's report that can be read here.

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