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NCPR News Staff: Ryan Delaney

Reporter, The Innovation Trail

Stories filed by Ryan Delaney

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

Unique challenges for refugees becoming entrepreneurs

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.

Jai Subedi holds court at his Asian grocery store on Syracuse's Northside. He's behind the counter ringing customers up and simultaneously fielding phone calls. All the while giving advice to other refugees about how to deal with various agencies. He opened the store earlier this year with the goal of making it more than just a market.  Go to full article
A game of dominos at HopePrint's house on the Northside of Syracuse. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO
A game of dominos at HopePrint's house on the Northside of Syracuse. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO

Refugees re-shape a Syracuse neighborhood

Upstate New York's cities take in around 90% of all refugees coming to the state. As they adapt to new homes, the newcomers re-shape neighborhoods.

Every Tuesday evening, a home at 129 Lilac Street on Syracuse's Northside turns into a community center.  Go to full article
A cut in the federal excise tax would help all the state's brewers, including St. Lawrence Brewery in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein
A cut in the federal excise tax would help all the state's brewers, including St. Lawrence Brewery in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein

Craft brewers want a break from federal excise taxes

The number of craft brewers in New York State has risen to more than 140 over the last 20 years, thanks to demand for more flavorful, and more local, beers.

Now some of those craft brewers are lobbying for tax reductions they say would help them keep their momentum.  Go to full article
Abdullahi Majeni, Jeylani Semboga and Mganga Mbwera, help run a Somali-Bantu community group. Photo: Ryan Delaney<br />	<br />
Abdullahi Majeni, Jeylani Semboga and Mganga Mbwera, help run a Somali-Bantu community group. Photo: Ryan Delaney

Refugees pump life into post-industrial Utica

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 1970's in the wake of major changes to the city's industrial base and dwindling employment opportunities, the population fell by nearly half.

"This city that we have now," said Joe Marino, a city councilor, "these new refugees really, really rebuilt the city."  Go to full article
Tax-exempt parcels (shown in red) in a small city. Map: City of Ann Arbor, MI
Tax-exempt parcels (shown in red) in a small city. Map: City of Ann Arbor, MI

Comptroller: $680 billion in untaxed NY land

More than a quarter of all property in New York state is off the tax rolls. That's according to figures compiled by the state Comptroller, who calls it a burden on local finances.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo and Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack launch StartUpNY on Long Island Tuesday. Photo: Governor Cuomo facebook feed
Gov. Cuomo and Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack launch StartUpNY on Long Island Tuesday. Photo: Governor Cuomo facebook feed

New York launches tax-free business zones

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. The Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney reports.  Go to full article

Charges brought against sex trafficking ring

A Syracuse man and two women were arrested and charged Tuesday with operating a sex ring that prosecutors say stretched from Watertown to Ithaca.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Zack Seward
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Zack Seward

Cuomo predicts growing budget surplus, shrinking property taxes

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York State could have a budget surplus within three years.

The positive budget news comes as Cuomo has formed a task force to look at ways to cut taxes, a panel he says will target the property tax.  Go to full article
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks in support of upstate New York becoming a federally designated drone testing site. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks in support of upstate New York becoming a federally designated drone testing site. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO

Sen. Schumer lobbies for drone test site

A coalition of defense contractors and universities is stepping up its lobbying efforts in hopes of becoming a federally designated drone testing site. Now, the group's brought in Senator Charles Schumer.  Go to full article

Colleges go digital to combat undergrad weight gains

It used to be the Freshman 5. Now it's the Freshman 15. But on-demand digital health information seems to be helping control those extra pounds undergrads put on.  Go to full article

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