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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10:48am

Mon April 7, 2014
Health

St. Joseph's Hospital responds to allegation of patient abuse

St. Joseph's hospital on Syracuse's north side.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Updated, 3:40 p.m.:

St. Joseph's Hospital is responding to allegations of misbehavior against a former doctor, saying it reacted quickly and thoroughly.

The hospital said it became aware of complaints involving inappropriate actions and vulgar language -- reportedly involving the slapping of sedated patients -- in its operating rooms in December.

The hospital faces sanctions and disciplinary actions over the charges, stemming from a federal investigation.

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8:20am

Mon April 7, 2014
Regional Coverage

Syracuse Housing Authority marks 75 years

The Syracuse Housing Authority, the agency overseeing publicly-subsidized housing in the city, is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

As it marks the milestone, the authority has a waiting list 3,000 names long to get into one of its units. There are twice as many people waiting to get a Section 8 voucher that helps low income people pay rent. And the federal dollars coming to SHA is significantly less than it used to be.

Still, SHA executive director Bill Simmons says the authority is doing more and they’re moving in a "unique direction" toward a focus on home ownership.

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9:42pm

Thu April 3, 2014
Business

Consumer watchdog says some auto insurers discriminate

TheTruthAbout via Flickr

A public watchdog group is charging that several large auto insurance companies discriminate against minority and low-income customers.

The New York Public Interest Research Group, or NYPIRG, says it analyzed the billing practices of the five largest auto insurers in New York by getting quotes based on different customer profiles.

"Auto insurance rates should be based on how you drive, not who you are," said NYPIRG consumer advocate Andy Morrison.

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10:52am

Thu April 3, 2014
Health

Onondaga County health commissioner resigns

The head of Onondaga County's health department, Dr. Cynthia Morrow, has suddenly resigned.

Morrow's resignation is effective immediately, according to Ben Dublin, a spokesman for County Executive Joanie Mahoney.

Mahoney accepted the resignation today, Dublin said.

Deputy Commissioner Michele Mignano has been appointed in her place for the interim and Dr. Morrow will stay on for a few weeks to help with the transition, Dublin said.

The county executive released this statement: 

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8:16am

Wed April 2, 2014
Drones

Upstate N.Y. drone test site gets another $1 million in funding

Ryan Delaney WRVO

There's another $1 million in the recently passed state budget for upstate New York's new drone testing program, which means the site now has enough funding to get through at least its first year of operations.

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3:17pm

Tue April 1, 2014
State Budget

Cuomo, Astorino see differently on Common Core deal

Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Credit Ryan Delaney / WRVO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says parents and students can exhale knowing that the second round of Common Core aligned test scores will not be included on student's permanent transcripts under the new budget deal.

The new standards in English and math designed to improve college and career readiness have been criticized by some parents who say that the roll-out was done too fast and from educators claiming that they weren't given sufficient material and guidance to teach the new standards.

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7:56am

Tue April 1, 2014
Business

Winter dealt a blow to some North Country businesses

The relentless snow that pounded part of the North Country this past winter kept kids out of school and people home. That also meant a hit for some businesses in the region.

Lori Wells co-owns Café Mira, a restaurant in Adams, south of Watertown. The eatery employs about a dozen people and is only open four days a week. So when Wells and her partner, Lisa Reed, had to make the call three times this winter to not open, that was a hit to their business.

They hadn’t had to close at all in the four years they’ve been owners, Wells said.

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6:30am

Mon March 31, 2014
Sports

Opening day for baseball in New York... as soon as the snow melts

The Baldwinsville High School baseball team has been forced by cold weather to practice indoors all spring.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

It's the first full day of the Major League Baseball season. And it's also the first day of the high school baseball season in New York.

Opening day should elicit familiar sights and sounds, like the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd. Not the sound of a shovel scraping ice, but that's what is more familiar as central New York baseball teams get ready to play.

This stubbornly cold spring is delaying the start of baseball season and keeping teams indoors.

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5:37am

Fri March 28, 2014
Education

North Syracuse faces yet another school budget with cuts

Thomas Favre-Bulle via Flickr

Onondaga County's second largest school district is dealing with yet another budget shortfall, and that likely will mean another round of staff layoffs.

The North Syracuse School District has already eliminated a fifth of its staff in the past six years. But it's not been enough to keep up with a declining student enrollment and a reduction in state education aid of more than $6 million.

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6:39pm

Tue March 25, 2014
Politics and Government

Cuomo pushes property tax proposal, but admits opposition

Zack Seward WXXI

Gov. Andrew Cuomo stepped away from budget negotiations in Albany on Tuesday to stump for his plan to consolidate local governments and reduce property taxes, even though he admitted afterward he may not be able to push the plan through those budget talks.

Cuomo told a crowd at the DeWitt community room that after the property tax cap he pushed through earlier in his first term as governor, this was the next step in righting the state's fiscal ship. 

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5:35pm

Tue March 25, 2014
Politics

Duffy says he's "in sync" with Cuomo, not planning resignation

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney talks with Gov. Andrew Cuomo (file photo).
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy says there’s no truth to rumors he will not be campaigning with the governor this fall. 

Wait for the facts to come out about him and the governor’s (both Democrats) political plans, Duffy said Tuesday in Buffalo.

Last year Duffy interviewed to become leader of the Rochester Business Alliance – the city he was once mayor of. He withdrew about a week later.

He's not being asked to step aside, he said.

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2:31pm

Tue March 25, 2014
Sports

Amid pressure over name, Redskins create foundation

Keith Allison Flickr

The Oneida Indian Nation in upstate New York supports the creation of a new foundation by Washington D.C.'s professional football team, though it says it's not a solution.

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9:38am

Fri March 21, 2014
veterans

Economic prospects for veterans looking up

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer (D - N.Y.) stand with a group of veterans in 2012.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Military veterans bring a unique skill set when starting their own businesses, but they also face many of the same challenges as non-veteran entrepreneurs.

There are more than 900,000 vets in New York state and the unemployment rate among those who served in the last decade is consistently higher than state and national levels.

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7:02am

Thu March 20, 2014
Higher Ed

SUNYIT in Utica and Albany's nanoscale campus now one college

Construction of the Nano Utica complex on the campus of SUNY-IT in Utica in October.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York's public university system is merging two of its campuses. SUNYIT in Utica and the College of Nanoscale, Science and Engineering in Albany will merge in 2015.

The merger comes after the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering broke off from the University at Albany last year. CNSE has been the darling of SUNY system since its creation in 2004. Though small, it’s attracted millions of dollars in private investment.

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2:35pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Fishing

Fish stocking program boosting Lake Ontario's viability

Fishers on the Salmon River, a tributary to Lake Ontario.
David Chanatry/New York State Reporting Project

Lake Ontario is boasting some of the best sport fishing among the Great Lakes, thanks to a successful stocking program by New York state's environmental management agency.

The Department of Environmental Conservation pumps ample supplies of trout and salmon into Lake Ontario and its tributaries every year. It attracts anglers from all over -- more than 2.5 million each season.

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8:33am

Tue March 18, 2014
Health

Fear comes true as 'Lost Boy's' South Sudan clinic destroyed

John Dau, a former "Lost Boy" Sudanese refugee, now living in central New York.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The medical clinic in South Sudan set up by a former “Lost Boy” refugee now living in Syracuse has finally succumbed to new fighting in the country.

John Dau has had a lot of late nights keeping tabs on his medical facility since new fighting broke out in South Sudan in December. But last week, Dau said he was "stunned" to learn the fighting finally caught up to the village of Duk and his Lost Boys Clinic.

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8:08am

Tue March 18, 2014
Politics and Government

Syracuse has a comprehensive plan for three decades of planning

The city of Syracuse now has a document to base its urban planning decisions on for the next three decades.

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8:51am

Mon March 17, 2014
Regional Coverage

Syracuse: a little more Irish than the rest of New York

The "green on red" traffic light on Tipperary Hill in Syracuse has become a landmark of Syracuse's Irish culture.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

It’s said that on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish. In Syracuse, that’s a little truer. A sixth of the population claims to be of Irish ancestry, more than any other city in New York state.

It was the potato famine in Ireland and the rise of the salt industry in central New York both happening in the mid-1800s that brought so many Irish people to the city, according to Dennis Connors, curator of the Onondaga Historical Association.

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5:39am

Fri March 14, 2014
Politics

Gillibrand wants higher tax write-off for child care

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) at a pre-kindergarten classroom in Herkimer County earlier this year.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants to double the tax write-off for child care expenses, saying it will benefit working mothers and families.

Right now 35 percent of a child’s daycare – or up to about $1,000 – can be written off on annual tax filings. Gillibrand’s bill would raise that to half of the expenses, or $3,000. She says making child care more affordable will allow more parents to work full time and bring home more money.

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1:45pm

Thu March 13, 2014
Business

$1.2 billion offer for Remington Arms on the table

The Remington Arms factory in Ilion, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

There's a $1.2 billion offer on the table to purchase gun maker Remington Arms, and even though Remington's owner has been looking for a buyer, it reportedly isn't taking this one seriously.

Remington Arms is one of the nation's oldest and largest gun makers in the country. Its factory has been located in the small Mohawk Valley town of Ilion, N.Y. for two centuries. It employs about 1,300 people and reportedly earned about $1.2 billion in revenue to 2013.

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8:30am

Thu March 13, 2014
Politics and Government

Syracuse lawmakers set to vote on comprehensive plan, after delays

After a year of delays and re-writes, Syracuse lawmakers are finally set to vote on a new comprehensive plan for the city.

City planners had been working on the vision for how the city should look in 2040 for two years. Then it went to the council, where lawmakers had a lot of questions and proposed changes, which caused them to continually delay voting on it.

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9:42pm

Tue March 11, 2014
Politics

Donald Trump rallies Republicans, saying party can win New York

Donald Trump speaking at a Republican Party fundraiser in Syracuse Tuesday night.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

In the words of the infamous Donald Trump, upstate New York has been "abandoned," the state's gun control laws were a "catastrophe" and its pro-business television campaign is "egregious."

Those were some of the colorful adjectives Trump, a real estate tycoon and reality TV star, used at a Republican Party fundraiser Tuesday night in Syracuse.

Trump has flirted with a run for governor of New York for a few months, but his speech in front of more than 300 people was to raise money for the party, not announce a bid for governor. He did say that decision is coming soon.

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2:55pm

Tue March 11, 2014
Casinos

Oneida Nation begins sharing casino profits with New York state

O World of Photos via Flickr

The Oneida Indian Nation has begun cutting checks to New York state and county governments out of the profits from its Turning Stone casino. The profit-sharing will enable the Oneida to maintain its dominance over casino gambling in central New York.

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2:29pm

Thu March 6, 2014
Politics and Government

Schumer calls for new heroin abuse tracking database

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., in a file photo.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

With heroin abuse raging among young adults and in rural communities, New York's senior senator is calling for a new state-wide database to be created so local law enforcement agencies can better track the drug's use.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says a database for heroin hospitalizations and arrests would be the first in the nation. 

"The problem is that the increase in heroin abuse - it was going down for a long time, now it’s going up - so we have to catch up," Schumer told reporters Wednesday.

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7:46am

Thu March 6, 2014
Transportation

NY DOT looking at five options to speed up rail travel

An Amtrak train pulls into the Syracuse regional transportation hub.
hectate1 via Flickr

New York state transportation planners have opened the discussion about the best way to speed up train travel through upstate New York.

Passenger trains running between Buffalo and New York City right now run at about 50 miles per hour and are often slowed more by competing freight train traffic.

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4:58pm

Mon March 3, 2014
Government

Syracuse airport is out of city control and flying solo

mrsmecomber via Flickr

Syracuse's Hancock International Airport, the region's major passenger airport, is now under the control of a private authority after an official handover from the city of Syracuse.

The hope is the airport will be more cost-efficient and creative.

Hancock airport was the last in the state to transfer to private control. It was a long process, said Mayor Stephanie Miner.

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8:24am

Mon March 3, 2014
Drones

Drone test site secures half its startup funding with state grant

Ryan Delaney WRVO

Upstate New York’s new drone testing site is closer to pulling enough money together to begin operating. It’s been awarded a state grant to cover some of its startup costs.

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3:07pm

Fri February 28, 2014
The Upstate Economy

Investment dollars for upstate New York startups on the rise

NathanaelB / Via Flickr

The amount of money being invested in startup businesses in upstate New York is increasing, but that doesn’t mean starting a business here is suddenly easy.

Upstate Venture Associates of New York, or UVANY, a startup business investment firm, found that nearly twice as much money came into upstate New York in the third quarter of last year, in comparison to the year before. There were 29 deals that quarter, worth $75.86 million. That's up from 16 deals worth $40.56 in the fourth quarter of 2012, UVANY found.

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8:30pm

Thu February 27, 2014
Olympics

Olympian Erin Hamlin welcomed home after historic performance

Erin Hamlin poses for a photo after arriving at the Syracuse airport. Hamlin, from Remsen, N.Y., won bronze in singles luge.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A small group of family and friends made the arrivals lounge at the Syracuse airport sound more like the bottom on the Olympic luge track Thursday evening. They were welcoming home Remsen, N.Y. native and Olympic medalist Erin Hamlin.

Hamlin became the first American to ever medal in singles luge when she slid to bronze at the Sochi Winter Games this month.

"It's a different world for her right now," her mother, Eileen Hamlin, said.

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7:39am

Thu February 27, 2014
Politics and Government

Fine dead, Syracuse looks for another sidewalk shoveling answer

People shovel snow along East Fayette St. following a February snowstorm. (file photo)
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Since Syracuse lawmakers handily defeated the idea of fining property owners who don’t clear snow from their sidewalks, they’ve begun discussing a bigger picture solution for snow-filled walkways.

Some Syracuse city councilors sat down Wednesday with public works, school district and parks department officials. They also talked to heads of community groups that organize sidewalk shoveling teams in the winter.

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