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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8:13am

Mon November 18, 2013
Refugee Resettlement

Refugee communities pump new energy into post-industrial Utica

Stepanda Zhushma in a community garden in Utica. She came to upstate New York from Belarus on Sept. 23, 1989, a date that rolls off her tongue.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Since 2004, upstate New York has taken 90 percent of all refugee resettlements in the state. This is the first part of the Innovation Trail reporting series looking at how upstate New York's refugee population is influencing the region's economy.

Utica has long seen itself as a city of immigrants. The arrival of Italians, Germans and Irish drove the city’s population to peak at around 100,000. During the mid 1970s in the wake of major changes to the city's industrial base and dwindling employment opportunities, the population fell by nearly half.

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7:39am

Sun November 17, 2013
Technology

Kenya hopes technology will help its economy break through

Swalleh Abdullahi tending a small shop that sells mobile phones and an array of cords and cables in the Kibera section of Nairobi.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

WRVO's Ryan Delaney recently returned from a reporting trip to Kenya funded through a fellowship from the International Center for Journalists. You can find more of his reporting here.

Kenya is eyeing technology as a way to propel it into the developing world, but the digital divide remains daunting.

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8:26pm

Thu November 14, 2013
Regional Coverage

Military finds pieces of crashed drone; investigation continues

An MQ-9 Reaper drone, like this one seen in a hanger at Hancock Airfield, crashed Tuesday into Lake Ontario. The MQ-9s are operated by the 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Updated, Thursday, 8:26 p.m.:

The Air National Guard has found pieces of its unmanned drone that crashed into Lake Ontario earlier this week.

Recovery efforts continued on Thursday and debris was found along the shoreline, according to Maj. Sandy Stoquert, a public affairs officer for the 174th Attack Wing based in Syracuse.

The MQ-9 Reaper crashed into the eastern part of the lake Tuesday afternoon during a training flight that had taken off three hours earlier from Ft. Drum.

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11:18am

Thu November 14, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Syracuse-area site safe from Lockheed Martin plant closures

Lockheed Martin via Flickr

The Lockheed Martin factory in suburban Syracuse was not on the list of factories the defense contractor announced Thursday it will close in efforts to reduce costs.

Workers in central New York could, though, be affected by the 3.5 percent workforce reduction the company also announced, which will equal about 4,000 jobs nationwide. The details of those layoffs will be finalized early next year, the company said in a release.

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5:55am

Thu November 14, 2013
Regional Coverage

Syracuse Peace Council: drone crash should 'poke people awake'

An MQ-9 Reaper drone, like this one seen in a hanger at Hancock Airfield, crashed Tuesday into Lake Ontario under command of the 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Anti-drone activists hope the recent crash of an unmanned military drone aircraft will "poke people awake" about their dangers.

No one was injured when the 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard lost an MQ-9 Reaper drone into Lake Ontario during a training flight Tuesday, but the 8,000 pound aircraft crashed just 20 miles northeast of Oswego and 12 miles off shore.

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4:52pm

Mon November 11, 2013
Transportation

Save I-81 group out with poll showing opposition to tear down

Zack Seward WXXI

A group of suburban politicians and business owners that support keeping Interstate 81 running through the city of Syracuse are out with a poll they say shows most residents agree with them.

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7:49am

Sun November 10, 2013
Technology

In Kenya, waiting for Konza Techno City

A woman walks by the site of the proposed Konza Techno City about 50 miles outside of Nairobi.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

WRVO's Ryan Delaney recently returned from a reporting trip to Kenya funded through a fellowship from the International Center for Journalists. You can find more of his reporting here.

Along the main road between Nairobi, the capital, and Mombasa, on the coast, sits the future home of Kenya's "Silicon Savannah," but right now it’s just a regular savannah. Dry grasslands stretch on for miles, except for a fenced-in plot where a few shacks house guards ready to greet visitors.

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5:21am

Fri November 8, 2013
The Upstate Economy

CenterState CEO rolls out new strategic business plan for region

Amy Liu of the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. The program helped CenterState CEO design a new business plan.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

With help from the Brookings Institution, CenterState CEO is out with a new strategic plan to boost the central New York regional economy.

The plan was two years in the making as the Washington-based Brookings' Metropolitan Policy Program picked Syracuse as one of the regions it would assist.

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7:32am

Thu November 7, 2013
The Upstate Economy

145 workers let go at Lockheed Martin sites in upstate New York

Lockheed Martin via Flickr

Another 80 employees at Lockheed Martin's factory in suburban Syracuse, N.Y. and 65 in Owego, N.Y. have been told they're out of a job in the second round of the layoffs to hit the sites this year.

The plan to reduce the workforce in the defense contractor's Mission Systems and Training unit was announced on Oct. 16. In all, 587 workers lost their job in the unit nationwide.

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1:45pm

Wed November 6, 2013
Election 2013

Republicans maintain 'super majority' in Onondaga County legislature

Onondaga County Republican Party Chairman Tom Dadey, who didn't have much to celebrate Tuesday night.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Absentee ballots still need to be counted, but Democrats appear to clawed back a seat on the Onondaga County Legislature. Republicans, though, are playing up the fact that they will maintain a 'super majority' in the body.

Republicans didn't have much else to celebrate Tuesday as they didn't put anyone up in the mayor's race and lost at least one of the two Common Council races they were contesting.

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1:48am

Wed November 6, 2013
Election 2013

GOP hoping to edge out a spot on Syracuse's Common Council

Republican Joe Carni trails Democratic Common Councilor Jake Barrett by just a few dozen votes in Syracuse's First District.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse Republicans are just a few dozen votes shy of winning back a city office as a race for Common Council will come down to absentee ballots, but the rest of city hall remained solidly Democratic after Tuesday's election.

The two new faces we know of for sure on the Common Council are Chad Ryan in the Second District and Pamela Hunter in an at-large spot. Ryan won Pat Hogan’s old seat, who was term-limited, by beating Republican Alex Walsh with 59 percent of the unofficial vote.

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7:25am

Sun November 3, 2013
Technology

The different sides of entrepreneurship in Kenya

A counselor gives instructions during a kids hackers camp at the iHub tech incubator in Nairobi.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

WRVO's Ryan Delaney recently traveled to Kenya funded through a fellowship from the International Center for Journalists. You can find more of his reporting here.

Inside an office building along the main road leading west out of downtown Nairobi, is the heart Kenya’s startup community.

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11:32am

Thu October 31, 2013
The Upstate Economy

There was a 'secret plan' to close Lockheed Martin's Syracuse site

Lockheed Martin via Flickr

Lockheed Martin's radar and sensor facility just outside of Syracuse is safe for at least a year, but the company was close to closing it and relocating jobs, according to a news report.

The Post-Standard this morning cited unnamed sources and an internal document saying the defense contractor was in serious talks to shutter the facility in Salina and move the jobs there to other locations.

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7:31am

Thu October 31, 2013
Regional Coverage

Tool made in Syracuse being used by Nobel Peace Prize winner

Chris Russell, a technician at INFICON in East Syracuse, assembles a HAPSITE gas detector.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

With a few snaps and screws, the HAPSITE is ready to be shipped from the floor of INFICON's facility in East Syracuse and deployed as a gas and chemical warfare detector around the world.

It's just one of the products that comes out of the research and production facility in central New York, but this one has a new and very well respected client.

HAPSITE is short for Hazardous Air Pollutants on Site. The hard plastic machine, which is slightly larger than a suitcase, is a portable gas chromatograph mass spectrometer.

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8:04pm

Wed October 30, 2013
Sports

Oneida 'disappointed' in response from NFL over Redskins name

The owner of the Washington Redskins professional football team says its name is "a badge of honor."
Keith Allison via Flickr

The Oneida Indian Nation says it was disappointed the National Football League defended its Washington team using the name Redskins in a meeting between the two parties.

Representatives from the nation met for an hour on Wednesday with senior league executives. The meeting was moved up a few weeks, but did not happen on Oneida territory in upstate New York as the nation had hoped.

The Oneida say the use of the name 'Redskins' is racist and offensive to Native Americans.

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3:57pm

Wed October 30, 2013
Beer and Wine

Schumer pushes for end to ban on USPS shipping alcohol

Kate O'Connell/Innovation Trail

Sen. Charles Schumer says lifting a ban on the U.S. Postal Service shipping alcohol will help both the struggling postal carrier and New York’s growing beer and wine industry.

Private carriers like UPS and Fed-Ex can deliver mail-order alcohol. Schumer, a Democrat from New York, is pushing for the USPS to be able to do the same. The ban against it transporting alcohol dates back to Prohibition.

"It will be a way for consumers far and wide to order their favorite New York beers and wines and get hold of them." Schumer said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday. 

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4:34pm

Tue October 29, 2013
Politics

Syracuse Mayor Miner hosts Twitter town hall

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner answered resident's questions on Twitter Tuesday. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A week before hoping to win re-election, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner hosted her first Twitter town hall, one of her few large public engagement efforts this campaign season.

Miner spent just under an hour Tuesday fielding questions on the social media site via the hashtag #AskMayorMiner and responded through the city's official account.

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7:15am

Mon October 28, 2013
Politics

Hillary Clinton to Colgate: we 'need to roll up our sleeves together'

Hillary Clinton gave a lecture at Colgate University where she told students to prepare themselves to lead in the ways the 21st century demands.
Courtesy Andy Daddio Colgate University

There were no veiled questions of her political aspirations, and thus Hillary Clinton made no mention of whether she'll run for office again in a lecture at Colgate University in Hamilton Friday evening.

It was the former secretary of state and U.S. senator's second speech in central New York in three weeks. She spoke at Hamilton College on Oct. 4. It's been part of a series of lectures Clinton has been giving, on college campuses and to private functions.

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2:18pm

Sun October 27, 2013
Technology

Using tech to make Kenya's problems harder to ignore

Residents of the Nairobi slum Baba Dogo pick through a dump site in hopes of finding a few valuable scraps.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

WRVO's Ryan Delaney recently traveled to Kenya funded through a fellowship from the International Center for Journalists. You can find more of his reporting here.

Trash and sewage is a common site along rutted dirt paths in Baba Dogo, one of the informal settlements, or slums, in the capital Nairobi. It all culminates in the middle of an open field.

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8:46am

Fri October 25, 2013
Business

Business alliance doubles down on goal to double exports

Peter Maier, president of INFICON, leads a tour of the company's clean room. INFICON last year doubled its exports to $70 million.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Business leaders in central New York are re-launching efforts to expand their involvement in the export market.

The Central New York International Business Alliance has been around for almost a decade. It’s renewing its push to increase exports among companies in the region, or get them into the market altogether.

The alliance is an effort from CenterState CEO, a regional chamber of commerce of sorts.

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4:28pm

Thu October 24, 2013
Business

Money for port and canal upgrades passes House

The Port of Oswego has won money to upgrade its rail, but it would also like money for dredging.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

More federal dollars being available to make upgrades to ports and waterways in upstate New York is closer to reality as the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, or WRRDA, passed the House of Representatives last night.

The bill frees up $8.2 billion in funds for water infrastructure upgrades. It also defunds never-implemented projects worth $12 billion and streamlines applications and approvals of funding.

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10:22am

Thu October 24, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Off the rolls: 27% of land in New York is tax exempt

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, left, talks with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

More than a quarter of all property in New York state is off the tax rolls, according to figures compiled by the state comptroller, who said it's a burden on local finances.

The 27 percent of un-taxed land in the state adds up to $680 billion in property value not being collected on, which is mostly concentrated in urban areas. The city with the most property off-limits is Rensselaer, with 65 percent.

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7:07am

Wed October 23, 2013
Business

State kicks off Startup-NY tax-free program

Leslie Whatley discusses the Startup-NY program at an event in New York City. She's the executive vice president.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office via Flickr

New York’s plan to attract new business and jobs to the state by offering them tax-free space at public colleges is underway. Officials Tuesday outlined for the first time specifics about how the program will work.

They tried to lay out the plan as simply as possible:

"There’s no fine print. There’s no trips and traps, caveats; there’s no taxes," said Executive Vice President of Startup-NY Leslie Whatley in a conference call with reporters.

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1:55pm

Tue October 22, 2013
Politics

Mahoney says it's "pure rumor" she'll be lieutenant governor

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, far left, listens to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, during an event in Syracuse in May.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney says it's "pure rumor" that she will replace Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election bid next year.

The Republican county executive's name popped up in the news as rumors have grown recently that Duffy will step down. Mahoney endorsed Cuomo, a Democrat, in his initial election bid and the two have remained close allies.

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8:23am

Tue October 22, 2013
Environment

EPA praises Onondaga County for green infrastructure work

Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe, left, talks with Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A top official at the Environmental Protection Agency was in Syracuse on Monday to highlight the county's work in green infrastructure.

Hitting on Onondaga County's Save the Rain program, EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe outlined the agency's updated national green infrastructure strategy.

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7:07am

Mon October 21, 2013
Business

Old Beech-Nut factory may have a buyer

The sign on the former Beech-Nut factory was taken down earlier this year. Now a buyer of the factory has emerged.
IShreud via Flickr

The former Beech-Nut facility in Canajoharie may have a buyer, but those in the know are being tight-lipped about its future.

The huge white factory is a landmark for those who travel along the Thruway between Syracuse and Albany, even though the company removed the big red Beech-Nut letters earlier this year.

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9:07am

Fri October 18, 2013
The Upstate Economy

More layoffs hit upstate N.Y. Lockheed Martin facilities

Lockheed Martin via Flickr

Workers at Lockheed Martin sites in central New York and the Southern Tier are being hit with another round of layoffs, but the company says the move is not tied to the government shutdown that just ended.

A total of 600 workers across the country will be out of a job early next month, according to the defense contractor.

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3:46pm

Thu October 17, 2013
Business

Syracuse dairy co-op plans merger with national operation

fishhawk Flickr

A Northeast dairy cooperative headquartered in Syracuse plans to merge with a larger national operation from Missouri.

Century-old Dairylea told members at its annual meetings this week of its plan to merge with Dairy Farmers of America. Dairylea has been a partner organization since 2002.

The move, pending approval from members, will better position its farmers for the future, Dairylea spokeswoman Karen Cartier said.

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9:09am

Thu October 17, 2013
Energy

Natural gas storage regulations get wrapped up in fracking fight

Craig Stevens speaks at a public information session on natural gas storage. Attendees gave lengthy and heated comments, despite requests for questions only.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Anti-fracking activists are also fighting New York’s efforts to lift a ban on small natural gas storage and fueling facilities. A public information session on the matter held in Syracuse on Wednesday became about the larger natural gas industry.

New York is the only state to ban small-scale natural gas storage. That came after a 1970s facility accident in New York City. Now, under efforts from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, new fueling stations for trucks could be built as early as next year.

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6:49am

Thu October 17, 2013
Sports

Poll: Most fans okay with Redskins name change

Keith Allison via Flickr

A poll conducted by the Oneida Indian Nation has found that a majority of Washington D.C. residents wouldn't be bothered if the city's professional football team changed its name.

The poll, released Wednesday, finds 55 percent of residents say it would make no difference if the Washington Redskins went by a different mascot. A quarter of those surveyed said they would be less of a fan, but 18 percent said they would be more.

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