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County giving free face masks to restaurants (access required)


To ensure restaurants have the proper face coverings to facilitate reopening when Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives the green light, Monroe County will provide 500 free face masks for every permitted business. The one-time distribution to restaurants and other food service ...

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Sam Patch to reopen in July (access required)


Corn Hill Navigation, the nonprofit organization that operates the popular Sam Patch tour boat, is working to reopen its public cruises sometime in July. The organization typically marks the season’s opening with a sold-out weekend for Mother’s Day. But with ...

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Ontario County tourism, hospitality industry has new source for reopening

Valerie Knoblauch

The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection has produced an online Digital Recovery Toolkit to help small businesses understand and put in place the reopening guidelines for the economy. The Toolkit was designed as a resource center for the tourism industry to ...

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New city website ‘one-stop shopping’ to help in pandemic recovery (access required)


The city of Rochester has created a website, JumpStartingROC.com, to assist businesses in the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The site provides information on loans and grants, as well as access to applications for sidewalk cafe and zoning permits for ...

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Lumentek’s latest project: Portable UVC light to kill coronavirus (access required)

Lumentek Global's portable UVC light is designed to kill bacteria in illnesses like influenza and SARS (Photo provided).

Lumentek Global already is bringing brighter light to area expressways and city streets. Now the firm would like to help people shine a potentially destructive light on the coronavirus. Lumentek Global, an LED lighting firm based in Henrietta, is preparing ...

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Greece makes grant money available to town’s small businesses (access required)

Greece Supervisor Bill Reilich announced the launch of the GROW Program, which initially will provide assistance to small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic but will eventually focus on future growth (photo provided by the town of Greece).

The town of Greece has launched a new initiative to provide assistance to small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The GROW Greece Program is meant to grant support for businesses, retain jobs in the town, provide opportunities and work ...

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Homeless, addicted, poor and hungry: How you can help our community (access required)


I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. – Martin Luther King, Jr. On any given ...

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Flexibility required to navigate legal shoals of reopening (access required)

Scott Rogoff

As New York state begins to reopen its economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, local law firms are helping clients to mitigate risks related to employees reluctant to return to work, avoiding liability for their various decisions about ...

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New program aims to preserve affordable housing (access required)


The Rochester Housing Authority and the Wayne County are among 10 organizations across the state chosen to receive technical assistance and up to $500,000 in resources to develop strategic approaches to preserve affordable housing. The support will come through the ...

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