Ryan Delaney

Former Reporter, Innovation Trail, Central New York

Ryan Delaney worked 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.

Ryan Delaney / WRVO News

A student holds a stack of laminated cards, each with a picture of a household item. She works her way through the cards, identifying each picture in Oneida. The Oneida language is being taught the old fashioned way in a community room on nation territory. Flashcards for repetition and nearly every item in the room is labeled with its name in Oneida.

Like many Native American vocabularies, The Oneida Indian language is on the brink of extinction. This is one of two fulltime adult language courses the nation is running. But the room is not full. Attendance has dropped from 10 to three in the year since it began.

Rick Johnson / Cornell University

It's a rainy late fall day in New York City and the Metropolitan Museum of Art is crowded.

Even Walter Liedtke, one of the museum’s curators, has to vie for viewing space.

“I can’t really see it on the surface, but in X-rays there’s been a lot of discussion as to whether this picture was longer on the bottom, and the reason is – why don’t we step over here, people are looking at it,” said Leidtke.

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A few protests were held in Upstate New York, the day after a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo. decided not to press charges against a police officer who killed an unarmed teenager in August. It was a much more restrained affair in downtown Syracuse afternoon than the destructive protests outside St. Louis Missouri.

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A year ago, John Katko of Camillus was a federal prosecutor, putting criminals behind bars.  Today, he is Congressman-elect for New York’s 24th Congressional District.

Katko vowed to keep the promise he made on the campaign trail to work  with Democrats in Washington.  

Onondaga County Republican Party Chair Tom Dadey thinks that’s the issue that created Katko’s winning coalition.

Bureau of Land Management

The Canadian aviation agency, Transport Canada, has approved the flights of more than 300 small unmanned aerial vehicles so far this year, just in the northern region of the country alone.

"In Canada, as globally, UAV is exploding. It’s a huge growth area," says Joe Barnsley, an aviation attorney based in Winnipeg.

Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins wants the minimum wage for New York workers to be nearly doubled.

Hawkins, the perennial political activist and UPS worker, is calling for the state’s minimum wage to be raised to $15 an hour.

It’s $8 right now and on track to rise to $9 by the end of next year. Hawkins says that should also go for tipped workers, who right now make a base salary of just $5 an hour, something the state is considering.

An increase in the minimum wage reduces poverty and takes a burden off of welfare programs, he argues.

Most New Yorkers earning the minimum wage are seeing their pay increase slightly, but that doesn't go for those in the service industry who receive tips.

The state's minimum wage will be $9 an hour at the end of next year. It will stay flat for servers and other tipped workers at $5 an hour, plus those tips.

Now the state labor department is considering raising the tipped minimum wage, but restaurant owners are worried it will have a negative ripple effect.

The federal agency that oversees public housing and urban renewal says there was simply too much demand from local governments to give them all money to inspect homes and remove lead paint, including Syracuse.

Syracuse officials announced Thursday the city didn't win a grant - it asked for $3 million - from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the lead removal program for the first time in two decades.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is one of the most influential Democrats in central New York, serving for a time as co-chair of the party's statewide operations. She's also one of the most outspoken. 

Miner sat down with WRVO Wednesday afternoon to discuss the city's loss of $3 million in federal funding for lead remediation from its aging homes. She discussed a number of other topics, including the increasing negativity of the race to represent the region in Congress. 

Syracuse has lost out on federal funding for lead removal in city homes for the first time in two decades and will have to now rely on the county’s program.

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, didn’t give any reason why Syracuse's application for $3 million was denied, the city said today.

"Our program funding will run out at the end of this year," said Mayor Stephanie Miner. "And then the program will be over."

Rep. Dan Maffei is again hitting his opponent Republican John Katko for things that happened when Katko was a federal prosecutor.

Maffei, a Democrat from Syracuse, says while Katko worked for the Justice Department, he let former Oswego mayor John Gosek off easy because he was a fellow Republican.

Gosek was arrested by the FBI in 2005 for soliciting sex from underage girls. In a plea deal, he served 33 months in prison, below the mandatory minimum for the crime, and was listed as a sex offender.

The commercial drone industry says privacy advocates are unfairly targeting it when it comes to privacy and surveillance concerns.

The unmanned aerial systems industry wasn’t even expecting to have to fight over privacy when it came to the integration of drones into the national airspace.

Parental pressure was a major part of Walter Broadnax staying in school – and then doing well. He went on to serve as a policy expert for two different presidential administrations.

Success in education is the responsibility of more than just the student, he says now.

Two recent surveys have solidified a suburban-city divide over the future of Interstate 81 in Syracuse, with people living outside the city want to see the elevated roadway stay. 

In Syracuse, a new workshop is getting ready to open. It’ll be a place for anyone to come and sculpt, cut, weld or print. The Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney recently visited the facility, called a ‘Makerspace," as it was coming together.

Michael Gianattasio is a sculptor and metal worker by trade. But he knows his way around a 3-D printer, too. Like, the one set up here in the clean space of an old Syracuse factory building.

Central New York’s Air National Guard unit is moving closer to launching and landing its drones from Hancock Airfield in Syracuse. Commanders are promising no surveillance of citizens will be carried out.

One of the 174th Attack Wing’s remotely-piloted MQ-9s didn’t take flight Tuesday outside the guard’s hanger on Hancock Airfield. But it did taxi around for a few minutes.

Private drones have been cleared for flight over upstate New York, as part of a national testing program and the first flights will be used in agriculture.  The alliance of colleges and defense contractors known as NUAIR has been waiting for the Federal Aviation Administration to clear it for takeoff for most of the year. NUAIR and upstate New York is one of six remotely-piloted aircraft test sites the FAA named late last year. It’s the fifth to get clearance to operate. The FAA’s first testing certificate was given to the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

President Obama visited the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on Thursday. He was there to tout the benefits of tourism and says Cooperstown’s economic livelihood is one that can’t be outsourced.

President Obama flew into Cooperstown and became the first president to ever tour the hall. He donated the White Sox jacket he wore in 2009 at the All-Star game.

Speaking to a small crowd of museum staff and tourism officials, he says tourism is becoming one of America’s greatest exports.

The village of Cooperstown is preparing for one of its most high-profile tourists ever. President Obama visits the Baseball Hall of Fame later today to promote tourism.

Cooperstown is a one-stoplight town of 2,000 people. As home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, it’s on the map for tourists and baseball fans.

But attendance at the museum has been waning over the past decade. About 250,000 visitors wandered its corridors last year – that’s down more than 60,000 a year from numbers in 2004.

More than 100 jobs at gun maker Remington Arms in the Mohawk Valley are being sent to a new plant in Alabama. Rumors have surrounded the future of the plant for more than a year.

The two-century-old Remington Arms is the nucleus of Ilion. About 1,300 people work at the plant, in a town of only about 8,000.

SUNY Cortland has flipped the switch on a solar panel field that will supply six percent of the college’s electricity needs.

The 3,600 solar panels are tucked off to the side of the college’s athletic fields. It was a two year project from start to finish.

SUNY Cortland was the first public college in the state to earn a grant worth $3 million for the installation. They’re owned and operated by a Californian solar company that’s leasing the land and supplying the power back to the college.

The Cortland County clerk’s office is backing out of a re-certification program for handgun owners in New York. The Innovation Trail’s Ryan Delaney reports the clerk’s office didn’t feel it was getting enough state support for the pilot program.

Under a provision of the January 2013 SAFE Act, current pistol permit holders must update their permits by 2018. That means verifying addresses and what weapons are owned.

There’s an April 15 deadline for owners of “assault-style” firearms to register them with the State police. As The Innovation Trail’s Ryan Delaney reports, there’s concern this provision of the SAFE Act will be ignored.

After New York passed strict gun control laws last January, sales of assault-style weapons became illegal. But for those who already owned guns with features like a pistol grip and removable magazine, they must register them by Tuesday.

Many Second Amendment advocates see the requirement as a step toward the government seizing their guns.

Upstate New York’s cities have long had a hard time attracting and keeping young residents.

Milred Warner of Cornell University recently held a conference at the college on the economic state of upstate New York’s largest urban centers.

She says the region’s cities aren’t getting the ‘full gambit’ of rediscovery by younger generations because they’re not investing enough in areas like quality-of-life and infrastructure.

Basically, that means more people would move back into cities if roads and parks and such were in better condition.

Military veterans bring a unique skillset when starting their own businesses. But they also face many of the same challenges as non-veteran entrepreneurs.

There are more than 900,000 vets in New York state. And the unemployment rate among recently-returned vets is consistently higher than state and national levels.

Job training programs and Work Opportunity Tax Credits are being used to get more veterans employed. But there are also efforts to help them start their own businesses.