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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7:15am

Mon August 19, 2013
Sports

Chiefs struggling to get fans to the ballpark again this year

NBT Bank stadium as the first of a midweek doubleheader gets underway. The announced attendance was 6,119.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

For a recent mid-week doubleheader against the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Syracuse Chiefs baseball team announced an attendance of 6,119 at NBT Bank Stadium - a number based on tickets distributed, not people through the turnstile.

The following night an announced crowd of 10,842 came out to the ballpark. A glance around the 11,000 seat stadium on both days would suspect much smaller actual crowds.

Last season the Triple A affiliate of the Washington Nationals drew an average of 5,288 fans to the ballpark, their lowest since the 2004 season.

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5:34am

Tue August 13, 2013
Politics

Mayoral candidate Pat Hogan talks about equal rights

Syracuse Common Councilor Pat Hogan is challenging Mayor Stephanie Miner in a Democratic primary.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse Common Councilor Pat Hogan has unveiled an equal rights plan as part of his campaign for mayor and criticized the city’s handling of police use of force on a bus patron in the spring.

Hogan is challenging fellow Democrat Mayor Stephanie Miner in a primary next month.

The councilor, from the Tipp Hill neighborhood, says he’s deeply troubled by the case of Brad Hulett. Hulett, who has a disability, was hit by a taser by city police officers in May while on a public bus after he refused to sit down.

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5:16am

Mon August 12, 2013
Health

Upstate hospitals get mixed reviews in 2013 report card

Crouse Hospital in Syracuse received poor marks for six cases of leaving an object in a patient during surgery.
der_krampus via Flickr

Four hospitals in upstate New York have been given poor grades and put on a "watch list" by a private health care watchdog group.

The Niagara Health Quality Coalition has been ranking New York state’s best and worst hospitals for a decade, and the latest report card released on Sunday shows a mixed bag in upstate New York.

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8:56am

Fri August 9, 2013
Environment

EPA grant funds Onondaga Lake's new environmental steward

Ellen Abbott WRVO

The once heavily-polluted Onondaga Lake has a new environmental steward. The Environmental Protection Agency will fund the position for two years with a $200,000 grant.

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3:48pm

Thu August 8, 2013
Regional Coverage

Maffei, Hanna want federal dollars freed for Port of Oswego

Reps. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld), left, and Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse), center, pause during a press conference to watch rail cars pass at the Port of Oswego.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The federal government has an $8 billion harbor maintenance trust fund, but only $8 million of that has allocated for spending in this year's budget.

Central New York's congressmen are calling for more of that money to be released in order to pay for upgrades to the Port of Oswego and other shipping hubs. The money isn't being spent in order to make the budget deficit look smaller, they charge.

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5:44am

Wed August 7, 2013
Business

Seven Syracuse corner stores called "scourge" on city; ordered closed

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner called corner stores with multiple code violations a "scourge" on city neighborhoods.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Updated, 11:33 a.m.:

Surprise inspections of 10 corner markets in Syracuse on Tuesday uncovered numerous code violations, including fire safety, sewage and electrical violations. One was ordered to close immediately and the others were given 24 hour notices to shut down.

At the store ordered to close immediately, Delaware Market on the corner of South Geddes Street and Delaware Street, inspectors found a gas leak. S&R Market on South Avenue was running electrical wiring to an adjacent building, inspectors found.

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1:06pm

Tue August 6, 2013
Transportation

Transportation planners move forward with next step for I-81

Interstate 81 carries tens of thousands of cars through downtown Syracuse every day, but its infrastructure is aging.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

After a few weeks delay, transportation planners in central New York are moving forward with the next step in the lengthy process of deciding Interstate 81's fate in downtown Syracuse.

The 1.4 mile stretch of elevated highway through downtown, known as the viaduct, is reaching the end of its useable lifespan.

On Monday, the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council approved a $32 million study as part of the next phase of the project. This coming after a lengthy public engagement process and studies by SMTC itself.

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5:46pm

Mon August 5, 2013
Transportation

Military drones will soon be flying over Syracuse

Col. Greg Semmel, commander of the 174th Air National Guard Attack Wing, discusses plans to fly drone training missions over Syracuse, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Central New York's Air National Guard unit, the 174th Attack Wing, will soon be flying drone training flights over a large portion of the city of Syracuse.

The 174th was granted permission from the Federal Aviation Administration last month to expand its permitted airspace south into Oswego, Madison and Onondaga Counties. The airspace includes the northern half of Syracuse and stretches from Camillus to Fayetteville from west to east.

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12:34pm

Fri August 2, 2013
Jobs

Lockheed Martin lays off 139 workers at upstate NY sites

Lockheed Martin will layoff 139 employees at its sites near Syracuse and in Owego, N.Y. later this month.
Lockheed Martin via Flickr

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin has laid 114 workers at its site in suburban Syracuse and 25 in Owego, as part of the approximately 300 job cuts announced last month.

The 139 employees will be out of a job on August 15.

The reductions are in Lockheed's Mission Systems and Training division. The Salina and Owego plants work primarily in radar and sensor technology. The affected positions are mostly in engineering and program management.

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4:09pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Transportation

Group forms to oppose tear down of I-81 through Syracuse

Interstate 81 carries tens of thousands of cars through downtown Syracuse every day, but its infrastructure is aging.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Brushing off concerns it may be too little, too late, a new group of business owners and lawmakers has formed to oppose the seemingly narrowed options for the next incarnation of Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse.

Save 81 launched Thursday to call for more options for what to do about the aging 1.4 mile stretch of I-81 through the city. While the group is opposed to the "urban boulevard" idea pushed for by many city residents, it said it has no "pre-ordained design" as an alternative.

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5:53am

Thu August 1, 2013
Business

In a victory for Syracuse, former gas station will be redeveloped

This former gas station on Syracuse's south side, will be redeveloped as a Dunkin Donuts.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Score one for the self-proclaimed clout of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. Thanks largely to recent efforts of the senator, a former gas station on Syracuse's south side will be redeveloped.

The intersection of East Brighton Avenue and Seneca Turnpike is home to three vacant properties: two former gas stations and an old car wash. Two of them are owned by gas station chain Sunoco.

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1:45pm

Tue July 30, 2013
Higher Ed

Gillibrand explains her 'no' vote on student loan compromise

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., talks with Syracuse Common Council President Van Robinson Monday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO file photo

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she voted against a recent compromise on student loans because the interest rates shouldn’t be tied to market rates.

Congress let interest rates on government subsidized student loans double on July first to nearly seven percent. Last week lawmakers worked out a deal to allow rates to be tied to 10 year Treasury notes. That temporarily lowered the rates again.

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7:19am

Tue July 30, 2013
Environment

Gillibrand wants faster cleanup of brownfield sites

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., answers questions during a stop in Syracuse to push for more brownfield cleanup.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is looking to raise the amount of money that can go to cleaning up former industrial sites in a move she says will spark for redevelopment.

On Monday she crossed upstate New York promoting the Brownfields Utilization Investment and Local Development Act, or BUILD Act.

Most former industrial sites are contaminated with solvents or metals that leaked into the ground. They're known as brownfields and require remediation before they can be redeveloped.

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4:45pm

Mon July 29, 2013
Politics and Government

Study finds New York analyzing tax dollar usage well

401(K) 2012 Flickr

New York has been labeled a "leading" state for effective use of cost-benefit analysis in a new study from the Pew-MacArthur Results First initiative. That means New York is doing a better job of making sure tax dollars are spent well, than other states.

Cost benefit analysis is determining the return on an investment. In this case  it's determining how much the taxpayer benefits from each public dollar spent.

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5:55pm

Thu July 25, 2013
Regional Coverage

Report: Syracuse Police detective improperly used SUNY-ESF lab

The state Inspector General's office has issued a report that largely clears the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry of any wrongdoing surrounding the use of a forensics lab at the college.

The Onondaga County District Attorney's office rose concerns in April about Syracuse Police forensic evidence used in several shooting cases. That prompted the state forensics commission to ask the Inspector General to conduct the investigation.

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8:49am

Wed July 24, 2013
Environment

Cuomo says natural disasters are "taxing" state resources

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will have to find savings elsewhere to pay for storm recovery.
Zack Seward WXXI

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday outlined the state's storm aid and recovery package for flooding that hit the Mohawk Valley and western New York late last month, saying the near constant stream of natural disasters that have hit the state in the past few years are draining state resources.

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1:16pm

Tue July 23, 2013
Environment

Some ideas for converting urban "red fields" into "green fields"

Vacant properties, like this former gas station in Syracuse, dot rustbelt cities.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Declining populations and shuttered factories have left rustbelt cities - like Buffalo or Rochester - with numerous vacant and abandoned properties. They can be old homes, former warehouses, or out-of-favor shopping centers.

Municipalities face the challenge of how to get those properties back into productive use.

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8:25am

Tue July 23, 2013
Higher Ed

Schumer happy with student loan interest rate compromise

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.
Credit Ryan Delaney / WRVO

New York's senior U.S. senator says the compromise on student loans Congress is scheduled to take up on Tuesday is a good one, even if it's not exactly what he wanted.

Interest rates on government issued subsidized student loans doubled on July 1, after Congress failed to renew the program. But late last week, several lawmakers announced a compromise that will bring rates back down, at least for now.

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2:06pm

Mon July 22, 2013
Business

Syracuse, Sunoco to meet to discuss vacant gas stations

Syracuse wants three former gas stations on the city's south side redeveloped.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse economic development officials and representatives from Sen. Charles Schumer's office will meet with executives from the Sunoco gas station chain next week. They will discuss the future of three vacant, former gas stations on the city's South Side.

Syracuse says the properties are an eyesore and accuses Sunoco of blocking their redevelopment in order to preserve the competitive advantage of its newer fueling hub nearby.

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7:27am

Thu July 18, 2013
Health

Schumer pushing for SUNY health care work training program

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is pushing for SUNY's application to establish health care worker training programs at its community colleges.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Charles Schumer is trying to get the federal labor department to steer $23 million to New York's community colleges so they can set up a health care worker training program.

The State University of New York is applying for the grant. It's similar to one SUNY won last year for high-tech manufacturing.

Twenty-nine community college campuses are listed on the grant application, and would split the grant money. The schools would also partner with area hospitals.

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6:46am

Tue July 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

Historic Syracuse home slowly being renovated

The Babcock-Shattuck home in Syracuse's Westcott neighborhood was built in the 1890's but has been vacant for decades.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Renovations have slowly been continuing on an historic home on Syracuse’s east side.

The Babcock-Shattuck House stands at the gateway to Syracuse’s Westcott neighborhood. It’s also a rare empty property in an otherwise vibrant area.

It was built around 1895 and last served as a home for Jewish war veterans. It's been empty since the late 1980's.

Now, the University Neighborhood Preservation Association is working to convert the vacant property into four condos.

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1:01pm

Thu July 11, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Syracuse consumer confidence tops among upstate cities

The Syracuse region now has the best consumer confidence for metropolitan regions in upstate New York, as buyers there are finally starting to feel like this year’s economy will be better than the past one.

Consumer confidence was still the highest in New York City for the past three months, according to a consumer confidence index tabulated by the Siena Research Institute.

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9:13am

Wed July 10, 2013
Transportation

D.O.T. delays next step of I-81 challenge

Zack Seward WXXI

The next stage of the planning process regarding the future of the elevated portion of Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse has been pushed back a few weeks, as heat grows on state officials over the process.

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5:19am

Tue July 9, 2013
Agriculture

Wet weather straining farmers, but season not a washout yet

Brian Reeves plucks dead leaves off of pepper plants on his Baldwinsville farm.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Brian Reeves is plucking dead leaves off of pepper plants on his farm in Baldwinsville.

"If it keeps up, they will lose more and more leaves and you come back here in two weeks and it's like a stem with no leaves," he says. "It's just gone."

Low-lying spots in his fields are wetter than they should be with large puddles collecting in some areas. Crops trying to grow in those areas are showing signs of too much moisture - like dead leaves and disease.

It's a result of the wetter-than-average summer so far in upstate New York.

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3:40pm

Fri July 5, 2013
Recreation

State parks largely open for busy holiday weekend

While the heavy rains in central and northern New York caused flooding last week, the region's state parks, for the most part, are up and running.

That's good news with the busy Independence Day holiday weekend upon us.

While a handful of state parks in central New York were forced to close their gates last week when heavy rains caused flooding, state parks office spokesman Randy Simons says all but one site has reopened.

The site that's still closed is the boat launch on Canadarago Lake in Otsego County.

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12:22pm

Thu July 4, 2013
Independence Day

Pretty much everything lights up on the 4th of July

The fireworks display at Emerson Park in Auburn, N.Y. on July 3.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Communities across central and northern New York this week are playing with glow sticks, grilling hot dogs and looking up at the night sky to watch a fireworks display.

Here's a postcard from Wednesday evening's Independence Day festivities at Emerson Park in Auburn, N.Y.

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4:08pm

Wed July 3, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Syracuse heavily dependent on health care for economic recovery

St. Joseph's Hospital on Syracuse's north side is one of the hospitals driving the city's job growth.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

More than a third of the post-recession jobs Syracuse has gained have come in the health care sector. That's a percentage that puts it near the top of cities dependent on the industry for economic growth.

According to numbers tabulated by the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Institute, 35.9 percent of Syracuse's recently added jobs have been in health care. Only three other metro areas in the country had a higher percentage.

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3:43pm

Fri June 28, 2013
Regional Coverage

Minority trades training program comes to Syracuse

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner poses for pictures with participants in a construction and trade training program.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A new job training program is hoping to boost minority employment in construction and trades in the Syracuse area.

The city of Syracuse is putting its backing behind the workforce training program run by the National Association of Minority Contractors.

Otis Jennings, president of the local chapter of the association, brought the program to Syracuse. He says the best part of the program is the training is standardized and participants can take the certificate anywhere.

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8:10am

Fri June 28, 2013
Business

Port of Oswego shifts its business from water to land

Freight moved by rail and truck has risen to make up half of the Port of Oswego's business.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Jonathan Daniels warns it's about to get real loud just as a fork lift drops a huge block of aluminum. Sure enough, the block creates a thud as the forklift goes back to pick up another piece.

Daniels, the executive director of the Port of Oswego, is making his rounds. Despite the port's prime real estate at the end of the Oswego Canal and the first deep water port on Lake Ontario for ships coming in from the St. Lawrence Seaway, there aren't any ships docked here this day.

But workers are still busy. Inside a warehouse, another crew is filling up a railcar with grain.

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4:02pm

Thu June 27, 2013
Drones

Privacy vs. economic benefit, as Syracuse weighs drone use

Dan Pacheco, a professor at Syracuse University, demonstrates a small drone equipped with a camera.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse lawmakers have begun weighing the economic benefits and potential uses of drones with the surveillance and privacy concerns that arise simultaneously.

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