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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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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6:13am

Thu October 17, 2013
Politics

Greens call for more state aid and local income tax

Kevin Bott, the Green Party candidate for Syracuse mayor, says a scaled local income tax would not be a burden.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse’s Green Party office seekers want to see state aid return to historic levels and a new scaled local income tax on city residents and those that work in it.

Mayoral candidate Kevin Bott and Common Council hopeful Howie Hawkins say that will help solve the city’s fiscal problems.

Low wage earners would pay less than a percent on their income and it would work up to a few percentage points for higher earners, they propose.

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5:25pm

Wed October 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

Onondaga Nation will take land claim to international courts

While the country's top court has thrown out the challenge, the Onondaga Indian Nation says it will now take its land claim fight to international courts.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Onondaga's petition this week to review the dismissal of its long-running lawsuit claiming a massive swath of land running down the middle of New York state.

The Nation had argued the 4,000 square miles in 11 counties was illegally taken by the state through a series of bogus treaties.

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8:19am

Wed October 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

Authorities bust sex ring that ran from Watertown to Ithaca

A Syracuse man and two women were arrested and charged Tuesday with operating a sex ring that prosecutors say stretched from Watertown to Ithaca.

The state Attorney General's office says Eric Oliver, 30, of Syracuse, was the ring leader of the operation. They say he was assisted by two women: Tirra Pate of Syracuse and Jessico Moro of Cicero, both 19 years old.

They're accused of coercing women and girls as young as 15 years old into becoming prostitutes. Prosecutors allege the trio would use physical force or gave the girls drugs to keep them on the job.

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5:23pm

Mon October 14, 2013
Business

New authority hopes to improve operations at Syracuse airport

mrsmecomber via Flickr

Correction: The authority planned to take over operations of the airport is a public benefit authority and not private.

Early next year control of day-to-day operations at Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport will transfer from a city department to a private public benefit authority, a move city and airport officials say will mean benefits for travelers.

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4:36pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Regional Coverage

Remembrance Scholars vow to 'act forward' in memory of Pan Am 103

A rose and inscription sit on top of Syracuse University's memorial wall for the victims of the Pan Am Flight 103 terrorist attack.
Credit Ryan Delaney / WRVO

6:45am

Fri October 11, 2013
Fracking

Cuomo says no "do-over" needed on fracking health review

File photo
Zack Seward WXXI

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state’s health study of hydrofracking doesn’t need a “do-over” as a member of his administration’s review panel charged Wednesday.

Cuomo appeared unfamiliar with Binghamton Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo’s call for a new health review when asked about it in Utica on Thursday.

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4:29pm

Thu October 10, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Six companies will help make Utica 'second nanotech hub'

Officials view the chip packaging facility under construction at SUNY IT in Utica. It will now be expanded.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Utica finally looks ready to become New York state's second major hub of nanotechnology with the announcement of a six-company investment in the city on Thursday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on the campus of the State University of New York's Institute of Technology in Utica to announce a $1.5 billion investment. He predicted 1,000 new jobs would come to the computer chip facility under construction at the school.

"And the industry is just starting," Cuomo said.

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11:35am

Thu October 10, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Startup Labs returns to Syracuse with smaller competition

The team behind Rosie prepares to demo their startup during the first Startup Labs competition.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Syracuse chapter of a global startup competition will go into its second year with fewer teams.

Organizers say Startup Labs Syracuse will take three teams for 2014 instead of the five that went through the first round. The startup Participants get $20,000 in seed money and compete for a $200,000 grand prize.

Mitchell Patterson, who runs Startup Labs and other venture for the Tech Garden in Syracuse, says cutting the number of teams will allow the mentors to give the teams more attention.

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7:25am

Thu October 10, 2013
Business

Syracuse land bank becomes a landlord

The Syracuse land bank became a landlord this week as part of its work to put more city land on the tax rolls.

The land bank, known formally as the Greater Syracuse Property Development Corporation, closed on the sale of 17 properties that are vacant or owners were significantly behind on their property taxes.

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5:55pm

Wed October 9, 2013
Sports

Team owner says Washington Redskins name is 'badge of honor'

The owner of the Washington Redskins professional football team has responded to charges from the Oneida Indian Nation that its name is offensive by saying the name and logo are "a badge of honor," not a label.

Owner Daniel Snyder wrote a two page letter to fans today saying, in part, "it is a symbol of everything we stand for: strength, courage, pride, and respect - the same values we know guide Native Americans and which are embedded throughout their rich history as the original Americans."

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12:47pm

Tue October 8, 2013
Sports

N.F.L. may meet on Oneida land to discuss Redskins name change

The National Football League has expressed interest in moving up a previously scheduled meeting with the Oneida Indian Nation to discuss the nation's desire to have the Washington Redskins team change its nickname.

That meeting could now happen on nation territory in a few weeks.

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6:17am

Tue October 8, 2013
Business

Syracuse council delays vote on airport authority transfer

Syracuse is in the process of transfering control of its airport over to a private authority.
mrsmecomber via Flickr

The Syracuse Common Council says it has delayed fully turning over control of the airport to a private authority in order to get the deal right.

Councilor Pat Hogan, who chairs the airport committee, says several union representatives and employees still had questions about the deal, which would be a 40 year lease.

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4:27pm

Mon October 7, 2013
Politics and Government

Syracuse lawmakers will rewrite drone ban language

Joe Kummer, president of Propulsive Wing in Elbridge, N.Y. demonstrates his prototype unmanned aerial vehicle.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse lawmakers are re-working their proposed ban on the use of surveillance drones over city skies.

A draft of regulations were introduced on the council agenda at a study session last week, but were quickly withdrawn.

New draft federal guidelines out on drone use prompted the re-write. The federal rules will be incorporated into the city's, according to councilor Jake Barrett, who chairs the public safety committee.

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3:03pm

Mon October 7, 2013
Sports

Oneida Nation puts pressure on N.F.L.'s Redskins to change name

The Oneida Indian Nation held a conference in Washington today to put pressure on the city’s football team to change its name from the Redskins.

The Oneida and other Native Americans say the name is offensive and pressure on the N.F.L. team is growing, including from the president.

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5:34am

Mon October 7, 2013
Politics

Hillary Clinton hits local ties in speech at Hamilton College

Hillary Clinton spoke to more than 6,000 people at Hamilton College Friday night.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Hillary Clinton seamlessly weaved local politics and foreign affairs in a speech to a packed house at Hamilton College Friday evening.

The former first lady, U.S. senator, presidential candidate and secretary of state had plenty of experience to dip into as she talked about current issues facing the nation like the government shutdown and U.S. foreign policy in Asia.

About 6,000 people packed into the field house at the small college, some sporting old campaign buttons and signs. Applause was boisterous anytime she mentioned youth or shared a local story.

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