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2020 Ontario County Fair canceled (access required)

The 177th annual Ontario County Fair scheduled for July 21 to 25 has been canceled due to COVID-19 safety concerns.   The Ontario County Agricultural Society board of directors concluded that having the fair is not in the best interest of ...

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New employment portal created for long-term care facilities (access required)

Monroe County officials have created an online employment portal to help long-term care facilities recruit staff. In partnership with the Finger Lakes Performing Provider System (FLPPS) Workforce Investment Organization program, the portal will give potential applicants a place to input ...

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City of Rochester will appeal PAB ruling (access required)

Rochester City Council members are planning to appeal a state Supreme Court decision that struck down the authority of the new Police Accountability Board to discipline Rochester Police Department officers. The Police Accountability Board (PAB) was created by a unanimous ...

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Colleges being sued for online switch (access required)

Rochester Institute of Technology and dozens of other colleges and universities across the country are being sued by students seeking a refund of tuition and fees because their schools switched to what they consider an inferior online program after they ...

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Regional economy will start to reopen May 15

A trio of Monroe County officials discussed plans Friday afternoon to reopen parts of the local economy starting May 15 while continuing to monitor the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Regardless of how and when we reopen we have to ...

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Leader of RHIO herds health care data (access required)

Just as it would have been difficult decades ago to imagine a pandemic scenario like the one we’re all living through today, most of us also could not have envisioned an electronic information system like the one managed by Jill ...

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State Attorney General warns of scams

The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James is warning business owners to watch out for scams while seeking government assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, the Attorney General’s Office also announced a cease and desist order issued ...

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Racist restrictions buried in property records

Many segregated neighborhoods in Rochester, and across the country, are the result of racist institutional policies enforced decades ago with explicit deed restrictions required by government officials and not due to personal preferences or affordability. The Federal Housing Administration began ...

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Crisis puts business contracts under scrutiny

Business interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the related government orders to shut down or limit operations has firms seeking answers about the effect on their contractual obligations, leases and rental agreements. Some non-essential businesses forced to close to ...

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Businesses seeking essential status

Although Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered all non-essential businesses to close temporarily to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, state officials are considering applications from many firms to have their classification changed, at least partly, to the essential ...

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SBA’s Payroll Protection Program starts Friday

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering help to businesses struggling to make payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our small businesses are the economic engines of their communities, and the SBA is ready to provide them with the support they ...

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Preparing for a lawsuit vs. your firm always a prudent idea (access required)

No matter what business you’re in, there’s some level of risk that you could find your company the target of a lawsuit or even some type of criminal allegations. But even if the accusations are completely unfounded and you ultimately ...

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Leader of pro bono group sees strength in legal community (access required)

Tina Monshipour Foster has seen the impact that a community of lawyers can have when deployed to tackle a problem. She led a multi-year effort to recruit hundreds of attorneys in the early 2000s to represent Guantanamo Bay detainees and ...

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In-house counsel compensation report issued (access required)

BarkerGilmore, a Fairport-based legal industry consultant and head hunter has released its first-ever study of in-house compensation or attorneys specifically in the health care and life science industries. While BarkerGilmore’s annual survey of in-house counsel compensation overall is a widely ...

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