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.

Pages

7:36am

Tue February 18, 2014
Regional Coverage

Changes coming to make West Street more pedestrian friendly

West Street in Syracuse is six lanes wide in some parts and difficult to cross on foot.
dougtone via Flickr

Changes are coming to Syracuse’s West Street artery to make the roadway more pedestrian friendly and less of a barrier for the Near Westside neighborhood.

West Street was built in the middle of the last century, as Interstate 81 was paving through the city, as a way to move cars more easily. It’s six lanes wide and not pedestrian friendly, but many west side residents have to cross the street to get downtown or to the grocery store.

The Near Westside Initiative, a community advocacy group has been working with the state transportation department on a redesign.

Read more

6:54am

Mon February 17, 2014
Transportation

Three upstate New York highways make 'futureless freeways' list

Interstate 81 is elevated for 1.4 miles through downtown Syracuse and is beginning to crumble.
oliver_hine via Flickr

Three big roadways in upstate New York cities have made a top 10 list of freeways that should be torn down or filled in.

The Congress for New Urbanism says Syracuse’s Interstate 81, Rochester’s Inner Loop and Buffalo’s Skyway bridge are all roadways that do damage to the community and should be replaced. They’re also on the "Freeways Without a Future" list because there’s growing momentum to remove them.

The Chicago-based group advocates for more walkable cities and smart growth.

Read more

3:24pm

Thu February 13, 2014
Politics

Maffei co-sponsors new public campaign finance push

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) is among the co-sponsors of a new public campaign finance law.
Ryan Delaney WRVO file photo

A new public campaign finance bill introduced in Congress is gaining support, including from Syracuse Rep. Dan Maffei.

Maffei, a Democrat, is among 130 co-sponsors of the Government by the People Act. It looks to amplify small campaign contributions from individuals.

Donations of up to $150 would be matched by a new federal fund. The match would be six times as much as the original, so a $100 donation would turn into $700. That’s if the candidate agrees to turn away money from political action groups, or PACs.

Read more

5:51pm

Wed February 12, 2014
Business

Miner says tax break for Destiny USA hotel would be a "mistake"

Destiny USA

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says giving the Destiny USA entertainment and shopping center a tax break to build a hotel would be “a mistake,” but the mayor actually has little say over those incentives.

Read more

10:08am

Wed February 12, 2014
Business

Wineries worry about proposed 'at rest' law for distributors

A proposed "at rest" law for wine and liquor wholesalers would require wine being stored in New York before being sold.
Blue Square Thing via Flickr

Christopher Missick and his wife got into the wine business three years ago when they bought a winery along the west side of Seneca Lake. Last year he decided to break his Villa Bellangelo wines into the lucrative New York City market.

"We don’t have access to the huge distribution houses down there and we work with, for the most part, really high quality, but small family distributors," Missick said.

Missick’s distributor and other small operations working in New York City have their warehouse across the river in New Jersey, where real estate is cheaper.

Read more

2:34pm

Tue February 11, 2014
Olympics

Remsen native first American to medal in singles luge

Erin Hamlin of Remsen, N.Y. competing in the luge in 2010.
sam_churchhill via Flickr

Mohawk Valley native Erin Hamlin has become the first American to win an Olympic medal in singles luge.

Hamlin slid to a third place finish and a bronze medal today at the winter games in Sochi, Russia. 

It was her third time completing in the Olympics. She was world champion in 2009, but she had finished out of the top 10 at the last two games.

The 27-year-old is from Remsen, N.Y., about 20 miles north of Utica.

"I'm sure everyone at home is going crazy," Hamlin told the Associated Press, "and I can't wait to get home to see them."

Read more

3:20pm

Mon February 10, 2014
Sports

Congressional pressure builds on Redskins to change name

Keith Allison via Flickr

An effort led by the Oneida Indian Nation to have Washington D.C.'s professional football team change its name has gained more support from members of Congress.

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., sent a letter Monday to NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell urging the league to take a stand for the Washington Redskins to change its team name.

Read more

2:54pm

Thu February 6, 2014
Business

Destiny USA has new plans to build its own hotel

Destiny USA

The owners of the Destiny USA mega-mall and entertainment center in Syracuse again have plans to build a hotel as part of its complex along Onondaga Lake.

The mall this week sent a letter to Mayor Stephanie Miner and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney. A spokesman for the mayor confirmed they received the letter but had no further comment. The mayor has long opposed the mall's large and lengthy property tax break.

Read more

3:34pm

Wed February 5, 2014
Politics and Government

With robocalls rising, Schumer pushes for tougher enforcement

Despite the national "do not call" list, the number of telemarketer violations has tripled in New York state.

Sen. Charles Schumer says that likely has to do with companies using computer-generated robocalls to target households.

Schumer has introduced a new bill, called the QUIET Act, that he says will strengthen penalties against companies that violate the rules. He says new technology is allowing robocallers to skirt the current laws.

"The robocall industry is blatantly ignoring federal laws, so we have to fight fire with fire," Schumer said.

Read more

3:00pm

Wed February 5, 2014
Business

Olympics-bound Chobani yogurt stuck in customs

messycupcakes Flickr

A shipment of Chobani Greek yogurt bound for the Olympics is still stuck in customs at a New Jersey airport.

The upstate New York yogurt maker is a sponsor of the U.S. Olympic team. The yogurt is supposed to feed American athletes competing at the winter games in Sochi, Russia.

New York Sen. Charles Schumer has urged the Russian ambassador to the United States to let the yogurt leave the country.

Read more

5:59am

Wed February 5, 2014
drones

N.Y. drone testing coalition still needs $1.2 million in funding

Dan Pacheco flies a small drone as part of a demonstration last month in Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

There was no federal funding attached to the Federal Aviation Administration’s designation of upstate New York as a drone research site, but the coalition that will run the testing needs money to begin operations itself.

The coalition that won the bid just before the New Year, known as NUAIR, will be based at the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome. The research lab there is upgrading a former hanger to house drones and equipment.

Read more

9:01am

Tue February 4, 2014
Politics and Government

Hanna seeks re-election, says there's more to be done in Congress

RichardHannaforCongress.com

Rep. Richard Hanna says he's seeking a third term in Congress because there's more work to be done.

The Republican announced his re-election intentions late last week. He was first elected to serve what's now New York's 22nd Congressional District in 2010. Hanna is from Barneveld, just north of Utica, and represents that city as well as Binghamton and areas in between.

He says there's a lot of opportunities in Congress right now.

Read more

8:54pm

Mon February 3, 2014
Education

Gillibrand, Hanna push for universal pre-K together

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., makes Valentine's Day cards with children in a pre-K class at Herkimer Elementary School.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Rep. Richard Hanna and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand played with blocks and Elmer’s glue at a pre-kindergarten classroom in Herkimer Monday before introducing a proposal to fund universal early education on a federal level.

The argument Gillibrand, a Democrat, and Hanna, a Republican, are making is that funding universal pre-kindergarten is an investment, not an expense.

Read more

5:52pm

Mon February 3, 2014
Education

Will a free ride to college boost STEM study in N.Y.?

ECC.edu

In his 2014 agenda, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed giving college scholarships to high school students as a way to boost study of science, technology engineering and math, or STEM.

But some educators say a scholarship may not be the best way to get more kids involved in these subjects.

Cuomo’s idea is to give a free ride at SUNY schools for students who are in the top 10 percent of their class and study STEM. The catch is they have to stay and work in New York for five years after they graduate.

Read more

1:41pm

Fri January 31, 2014
Super Bowl

S.U. Marching Band ready to perform at Super Bowl

The Syracuse University Marching Band rehearses for the Super Bowl XLVIII pregame show Sunday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The beat of the Syracuse University Marching Band drum line rang out in the Carrier Dome this week, even if the Orange football season is in the books, as the band prepared for its next performance.

This weekend’s Super Bowl festivities in the New York City metro area will have a touch of Syracuse: S.U.’s marching band will entertain the crowd at MetLife Stadium before the kick-off of Super Bowl XLVIII.

"This is the highest profile event that this band will probably have ever done," said band director Justin Mertz at a practice this week.

Read more

11:37pm

Thu January 30, 2014
Transportation

Final decision on I-81's future is 18 months away, DOT says

Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York’s transportation commissioner says a final decision about the future of the elevated stretch of Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse will be made in a year and a half.

DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald discussed the future of the aging raised highway at a budget hearing today in Albany. "It's not an easy project," she said.

McDonald says her department will be out in March with more information on what impact to other roadways changes to I-81 could create, then it's on to the next step.

Read more

2:47pm

Thu January 30, 2014
Agriculture

Chobani can't call its yogurt 'Greek' in the United Kingdom

Chobani lost a lawsuit in the U.K. over whether it can call its yogurt "Greek" if it's made in the United States.
messycupcakes Flickr

Central New York yogurt powerhouse Chobani won’t be able to call its yogurt “Greek” in the United Kingdom after a court ruling.

A British court ruled yesterday that because Chobani’s Greek-style yogurt is made in New York state, not in Greece, they can’t call it Greek. The legal challenge came from a Chobani rival, Fage.

The court said the labeling misleads consumers. Chobani hit U.K. store shelves in 2012, but withdrew its products last year, according to the Associated Press.

Read more

4:37pm

Wed January 29, 2014
The Upstate Economy

$100 million for amphitheater, housing coming to Solvay

Gov. Andrew Cuomo discusses Onondaga Lake redevelopment in Solvay, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A combined $100 million redevelopment project for the western side of Onondaga Lake will bring new housing and street upgrades to the village of Solvay and a 17,000 seat entertainment venue to the shoreline of the lake.

It's not the project Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney hoped to bring Gov. Andrew Cuomo to town to announce, but when Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner derailed Mahoney's and Syracuse University's idea for a new athletic stadium in the city, the county executive quickly shifted to this one.

"This project hits it exactly right," said Cuomo.

Read more

5:33am

Wed January 29, 2014
Agriculture

Schumer says Farm Bill deal good for New York farmers

Ian Lamont Flickr

New York Sen. Charles Schumer says it’s “a good day” for upstate New York farmers now that there is a deal in the House of Representatives and Senate for a Farm Bill.

Congress is expected to begin voting on the bill later today. The five year farm bill, agreed upon in committees on Monday, reduces crop subsidies and increases crop insurance.

Farm Bills were first written during the Great Depression. This latest one took two years of negotiation.

Schumer, a Democrat, says the bill is especially good for small dairy farmers and maple sugar tappers in New York.

Read more

2:38pm

Tue January 28, 2014
Arts

Everson art museum cancels two exhibits amid budget deficit

The Everson Museum of Art opened in downtown Syracuse in 1968 and houses 11,000 pieces.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse has canceled two big exhibits in 2014 in an effort to stymie a large operating budget.

The museum lost $135,000 in 2013. Even by canceling two traveling exhibits slated for April and October, the museum’s leadership still predicts being in the red a total of $500,000 by the end of 2014.

The decision to cancel the exhibits was made at a board meeting this week. Had they not aborted on the two exhibits, the estimated deficit would have been $750,000.

Read more

6:59am

Tue January 28, 2014
The Upstate Economy

Upstate CEO's slightly more confident about the economy

Confidence among upstate New York business leaders is up slightly, according to a new poll, but worries over health care reform and workforce quality are keeping their confidence low-key.

Company CEO's polled by the Siena College Research Institute said they’re just as likely to expand their workforce this year - 28 percent - as they were in 2013 - 27 percent.

Manufacturing and engineering sectors posted the highest job growth expectations.

Read more

7:15am

Mon January 27, 2014
Refugees

'Senseless war' threatens former Lost Boy's work in South Sudan

John Dau, a former Lost Boy Sudanese refugee in his office in Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A decade ago, central New York welcomed a group of refugees from Sudan known as The Lost Boys. Their story is famous for the long journey they made to flee decades of civil war.

Now they’re watching a new wave of violence in their homeland from afar.

Read more

5:09pm

Wed January 22, 2014
Upstate hospital investigation

Former Upstate hospital president still on payroll, despite resignation

SUNY Upstate Medical University and University Hospital in Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Despite resigning as president of Upstate hospital amid questions about his compensation, Dr. David Smith is still being paid as a faculty member at the medical school.

When Dr. Smith resigned as president of SUNY Upstate Medical University and University Hospital Nov. 15, he retained his status as a tenured professor of pediatrics. He’s been on medical leave from the position for over two months after undergoing back surgery.

Read more

9:14am

Wed January 22, 2014
Politics

Group calls on New York state to formally oppose Citizens United

Four years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that corporations could spend unlimited amounts of money on politics, a central New York group is calling on New York state to stand up to the ruling.

Members of Move to Amend are lobbying state officials to pass a resolution opposing the Citizens United case. Michael Messina-Yauchzy says a constitutional amendment is the ultimate solution.

"Corporations need to be limited," he said Tuesday. "It’s 'we the people,' the corporations need to be controlled by the people. We establish the legal framework."

Read more

12:04pm

Mon January 20, 2014
MLK Day

MLK Jr. day of service brings dozens to food and clothing drive

Volunteers at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day food and clothing drive in Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Cardboard boxes lined tables and were stacked 10 feet high in the Teamsters union hall on Syracuse's north side this morning. Dozens of volunteers, from six-year-old Marielle Emmanuel to Syracuse University athletes filled them with donated clothes and food.

For the 14th year, the United Way of central New York put on a clothing and food drive in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Many spend the day remembering the civil rights leader with a day of service.

Read more

7:26am

Fri January 17, 2014
Energy

Cuomo wants to increase biomass fuel use in New York

Sarah Cody Flickr

A less-heralded aspect of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2014 agenda is a plan to increase the number of homes and businesses burning biomass for heat. It has industry advocates excited, even if they have moderate expectations for growth.

It didn’t make his State of the State speech to the legislature, but in the longer, written version of his agenda, Cuomo says he wants to cut down the number of homes that use heating oil.

To do that, Cuomo wants to launch a biomass heating program called Renewable Heat NY.

Read more

2:34pm

Thu January 16, 2014
The Upstate Economy

This year's economic forecast? Steady as she goes, maybe better

Central New York’s major economic booster group is predicting the region’s economy this year will be more of the same, maybe a little bit better.

Businesses in central New York are only slightly bullish about economic growth in CenterState CEO’s annual economic survey.

The pro-business group teams up with M&T Bank to put out the forecast. The bank foresees the economy will grow slightly more than it did last year. The region has seen 17 straight quarters of growth.

Read more

8:28am

Thu January 16, 2014
Energy

New test lab puts solar panels through our diverse weather

Rick Lewandowski, executive director of CECET, loads a solar panel in a testing lab in Cortland, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

There’s a handful of machines in this corner of the massive Intertek testing facility in Cortland. They’re all designed to make sure solar energy panels can withstand being outside for decades, enduring rain, snow and even hail.

Rick Lewandowski, the executive director of the Center for Clean Energy Technology, shows an older solar panel that didn’t pass their test.

Read more

8:38am

Sat January 11, 2014
Startups

Startup Labs starts second year with more physical products

Nasir Ali, left, and Clint Nelson discuss the startup scene in Syracuse at the launch of Startup Labs.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A product that could be straight out of a science fiction movie is one of the projects going through the Startup Labs business competition in Syracuse this winter.

The guys behind Crowsnest Labs, Mike Kruk and Ian Wilson from Rochester, are working to develop technology that will allow them to put tiny cameras inside, say, an ad in a subway station. Those cameras would analyze who stops to look at an ad and how interested they seem.

Remember that scene from the Tom Cruise movie Minority Report?

Read more

7:25am

Thu January 9, 2014
Regional Coverage

Schumer calls for more federal heating aid for New Yorkers

Residents in Adams move snow following storms that hit the area earlier this week.
Erin Gardner

With New Yorkers dealing with an extremely cold start to the new year, Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for more federal heating aid to be made available.

Schools and businesses throughout northern New York were closed Tuesday and Wednesday, after storms dropped nearly three feet of snow in Watertown and the surrounding towns. The heavy snowfall was accompanied by wind chill temperatures that approached -30 degrees.

Read more

Pages