Ryan Delaney, WRVO

@RyanWRVO

WRVO/Central New York reporter for the Innovation Trail

Ryan works on the Innovation Trail project - covering technology, economic development, startups and other issues relating to New York's innovation economy from central New York.

He began his public radio career working for WAER in Syracuse, N.Y. while still in college. He then returned to Syracuse 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. His stories have been honored by the Syracuse Press Club and the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

As a 2013 International Center for Journalists fellow, Ryan reported from Kenya.

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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11:16am

Fri April 11, 2014
Gun control

Deadline for assault weapon registration nears, resistance remains strong

Mike Saechang via Flickr

There’s an April 15 deadline for owners of assault-style firearms to register them with the State police, but there’s concern the provision of the SAFE Act gun control laws will be ignored.

After New York passed strict gun control laws in January 2013, 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.

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3:23pm

Wed April 9, 2014
Cities

Quality of life, infrastructure investment key to urban renewal

Credit NathanaelB / Via Flickr

Mildred 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.

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10:01am

Wed April 2, 2014
Drones

Upstate N.Y. drone test site gets another $1 million in funding

Ryan Delaney WRVO

There's another $1 million in the recently passed state budget for upstate New York's new drone testing program, which means the site now has enough funding to get through at least its first year of operations.

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7:59am

Tue April 1, 2014
Business

Winter dealt a blow to some North Country businesses

The relentless snow that pounded part of the North Country this past winter kept kids out of school and people home. That also meant a hit for some businesses in the region.

Lori Wells co-owns Café Mira, a restaurant in Adams, south of Watertown. The eatery employs about a dozen people and is only open four days a week. So when Wells and her partner, Lisa Reed, had to make the call three times this winter to not open, that was a hit to their business.

They hadn’t had to close at all in the four years they’ve been owners, Wells said.

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9:36am

Fri March 21, 2014
Veterans

Economic prospects for veterans looking up

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer (D - N.Y.) stand with a group of veterans in 2012.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Military veterans bring a unique skill set 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 those who served in the last decade is consistently higher than state and national levels.

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