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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2:06pm

Mon December 9, 2013
Crime

Vandals tag several Syracuse University buildings

A Syracuse University student jogs past Eggers Hall as a maintenance worker tries to remove graffiti left on the building.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Maintenance workers at Syracuse University today were going around campus trying to clean up a spree of vandalism.

Eight messages were spray-painted on five buildings at the school, according a spokesperson in Syracuse University's Department of Public Safety.

A tag on the side of the school’s communications complex read “#1 in communication. LAST in free speech.” Another message read: “liars live here. Are you one?” On Maxwell Hall, the Latin words "cui bono?" and "war" were sprayed, which translates to "for whose benefit."

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4:34pm

Fri December 6, 2013
Education

Syracuse school district's disciplinary policies under investigation

Syracuse school superintendent Sharon Contreras addressing the attorney general's investigation into her district's student discipline policies.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The state attorney general is investigating disciplinary action policies within the Syracuse school district, and the school system says it's cooperating with his office.

On Friday, the school district's top administrator admitted there likely have been violations.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s civil rights office issued a subpoena to the Syracuse City School District on Oct. 16.

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7:36am

Fri December 6, 2013
Agriculture

Auburn milk plant hopes to capitalize on export market

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D - N.Y.), second from left, speaks with dairy farmers outside a milk processing plant being built in Auburn, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A new dairy processing facility under construction in Cayuga County plans to make most of its money on the export market and its owners are hoping trade rule changes don’t hinder that.

An $80 million dairy facility going up in Auburn plans to sell powdered milk to countries in Asia and North Africa, but current trade rules with some of those countries could make exporting their products difficult.

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8:35am

Thu December 5, 2013
Regional Coverage

Schumer calls for drone crash investigation to be made public

File photo
Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York's U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants the investigation into the crash of an Air National Guard unmanned drone to be made public.

The Air Force is investigation the crash of an MQ-9 Reaper into Lake Ontario last month while on a training flight with the 174th Air Guard Wing, based out of Syracuse. Training flights resumed two weeks after the incident.

Schumer, a Democrat, says that's alright since most drones are safe.

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8:04am

Thu December 5, 2013
Government

Fire hydrants could have to be scrapped under new EPA rule

Sen. Charles Schumer (D - N.Y.) wants the EPA to exempt fire hydrants from lead requirements for drinking water products.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Water authorities are in danger of having to scrap thousands of brand new fire hydrants if a new federal environmental requirement is allowed to go through as written.

The Onondaga County Water Authority keeps a stockpile of 200 fire hydrants on hand to replace broken or damaged ones. They cost $1,200 each.

The EPA is lowering the amount of lead that can be in things that touch drinking water, like sink faucets, but it could also render local water authority's stockpile of hydrants useless.

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6:55am

Wed December 4, 2013
Higher Ed

New SUNY-ESF president wants to keep school on leading edge

Dr. Quentin Wheeler will be SUNY-ESF's next president starting in January.
Courtesy SUNY-ESF

Dr. Quentin Wheeler will return to central New York in January to be SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's first new president in more than a decade.

He comes back to New York from teaching at Arizona State University. Before that he cut his teeth as a professor at Cornell University where he stayed for a quarter century.

For a scientist, Wheeler said in an interview with WRVO, the forests of upstate New York are a good place to be.

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2:10pm

Mon December 2, 2013
Business

Remington Arms wins contract as departure rumors continue

Remington Arms, seen last winter, in Ilion, N.Y. where it employs about 1,300 people.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Mohawk Valley firearm manufacturer Remington Arms has won a contract worth nearly $50 million supplying the Philippine military. The contract comes amidst lingering concerns the factory will leave the state.

Remington will provide 50,000 R4 carbine rifles to the Philippine defense forces by the end of next year. Rep. Richard Hanna, (R - Barneveld), said the work on the rifles will be done in upstate New York.

The majority of the work will be done in Ilion, but parts may be sourced from elsewhere, Joseph Bolmarcich, who oversees contracts for Remington, confirmed.

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2:46pm

Wed November 27, 2013
Regional Coverage

Air National Guard defending its drone training program

Col. Greg Semmel, commander of the 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard, seen earlier this year.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse's Air National Guard unit is issuing assurance its drone training program is safe two weeks after one crashed into Lake Ontario on a training mission.

An MQ-9 Reaper crashed into the lake 20 miles northeast of Oswego on Nov. 12, which did not result in any injuries. The Air Force continues to investigate that crash.

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12:30pm

Wed November 27, 2013
Regional Coverage

Syracuse fire dept. donating used gear to city in Chile

The Syracuse fire department is donating more than 100 pieces of protective clothing to a volunteer department in La Serena, Chile.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

More than 100 pieces of used firefighting clothing from the Syracuse fire department is going to South America to help protect a volunteer fire department down there.

The Rotary International Club in Syracuse helped coordinate the donation of 55 protective jackets and 84 protective pants to the city of La Serena, Chile, which says firefighters there often battle flames in street clothes.

"This donation is going to very, very helpful to them in that now, at least, they have some protective clothing," the Rotary's Rev. Blessed Sikhosana.

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2:57pm

Tue November 26, 2013
Weather

Plows hitting the roads this evening as snow starts

Will Merydith via Flickr

Snow plows in central New York are already out treating roads ahead of the double-digit snowfall expected to fall in the next 36 hours, which is coming at a bad time for travel. 

Onondaga County Transportation Commissioner Brian Donnelly said by nightfall his crews will be out in full force prepping roads. Snow and rain is expected to increase overnight and leave travelers for the Thanksgiving holiday with some hazardous conditions.

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10:37am

Tue November 26, 2013
Weather

Thanksgiving travel could be affected by winter storm

Projected snowfall totals for central New York through Wednesday night.
National Weather Service

Up to a foot of snow in parts of upstate New York will fall from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday morning, making travel for the Thanksgiving holiday slow and tricky.

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7:23am

Tue November 26, 2013
Beer

Brewers ask Rep. Maffei for reduction in federal taxes

The assembly line at the F.X. Matt Brewery, maker of Saranac beer, in Utica, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Some New York craft brewers are asking their local congressman to reduce the federal taxes on their beer so they can continue to grow.

The number of craft brewers in the state has risen to more than 140 in the past two decades as demand for more flavorful beers has grown. A handful of brewers met with Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei Monday at Empire Brewery in Syracuse. They had two main requests.

A reduction in the federal excise tax will help them expand, Mark Rubenstein, owner of Middle Ages Brewery, said.

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8:52am

Fri November 22, 2013
Refugee Resettlement

Unique challenges for refugees becoming entrepreneurs

Martin Butts, left, goes over Ethiopian-born Fesseha Kahsay's business plan as part of the UP Start business incubator.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

7:29am

Thu November 21, 2013
Refugee Resettlement

Refugees changing the face of an already diverse Syracuse Northside

A game of dominos at HopePrint's house on the Northside of Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Innovation Trail is taking a look at how the thousands of refugees coming to upstate New York are weaving their way into the region's economy.

Turnout may be low this night because of first snow, Nicole Watts tells those gathered in her entryway. Even as she tries to explain this, there's a near steady knock on the front door.

Every Tuesday evening, this home at 129 Lilac Street on Syracuse's Northside turns into a community center.

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6:46am

Thu November 21, 2013
Regional Coverage

SU bookstore project risks losing its controversial tax break

The renderings of a bookstore and fitness center planned for Syracuse University.
Cameron Group, LLC.

The construction of a new college bookstore on the Syracuse University Hill is in danger of losing its tax break if construction doesn’t start in the next month.

The university and the developer it selected, Cameron Group, won over Syracuse’s city council and industrial development agency (SIDA) for approval of the deal in August 2012.

But since shovels still haven’t broken ground on the project a year later, the city’s economic development agency this week voted the project in default of its contract. The developer has another 30 days to begin work.

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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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