Ellen Abbott

Ellen produces news reports and features related to events that occur in the greater Syracuse area and throughout Onondaga County.  Her reports are heard regularly in regional updates in Morning Edition and All Things Considered. 

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport is preparing for the era of ride-hailing services that’s about to descend on upstate New York. 

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that he hopes makes it easier to stop the importation and distribution of synthetic drugs. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - This spring's wet weather could make the blue-green algae problem worse later this summer.  It’s no secret that this has been a tremendously rainy spring, according to SUNY ESF biochemistry professor Greg Boyer. And that could set the stage for big algae blooms later this summer. Blooms rely on nitrogen and phosphorus that run into the lake, combined with hot and calm sunny days. 

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - The impact of the more than a billion dollars the state has invested for economic development in central New York should be kicking in soon, according to state officials. At a ribbon cutting event in Syracuse Thursday, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul took pains to explain how often she has been to central New York in the last 2 1/2 years. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - A study of the central New York labor market finds a disconnect between people looking for jobs and organizations trying to hire. 

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - A report released Thursday chronicles the issues facing undocumented workers at dairy farms across Upstate New York. The study contends that growth of the dairy industry in New York state in recent years has been achieved on the backs of immigrant farm workers who have few labor rights. 

New York State

New York state is expected to break ground this fall on a new environmental education center at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville – the second part of an almost $17 million upgrade of the busiest state park in central New York.

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - New York state is in the midst of getting public input for its version of the Every Student Succeeds Act. That federal legislation, also known as ESSA, is what is following the No Child Left Behind law. The state is conducting 13 public hearings to get feedback on a proposal that lets states have more leeway as they develop education priorities. 

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - This year’s soggy spring has farmers in central New York scrambling. Many farms are two weeks behind in their planting schedules. On a clear day, there’s quite a vista from farmer Dan Palladino’s hilltop farm in the town of Pompey. 

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - There’s only a little more than a week left for the public to weigh in on plans to restore wildlife and recreation on Onondaga Lake. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will then put together a final plan for the lake. 

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