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Businesses seeking essential status

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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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Excellus BCBS waiving COVID-19 costs for members


To ensure costs don’t deter members from seeking testing, diagnosis and treatment for COVID-19, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield will waive out-of-pocket costs for its fully insured employer groups, individual market qualified health plans and Medicare Advantage members for the next 60 ...

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CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival canceled


The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival’s 19th edition will not take place as scheduled June 19-27 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Festival producers Marc Iacona and John Nugent said they hope to reschedule this year’s festival for the fall, and would offer all ...

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CARES Act has holes for workers

Mark Gaston Pearce

The newly signed CARES Act was designed to help stimulate the economy while offering much-needed relief to both businesses and workers. On the whole, the package is looked at favorably, but some experts are saying CARES leaves certain workers vulnerable. ...

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Local banks well stocked to survive, back up customers


Banks might want to tweak Arby’s catch phrase. Instead of “We have the meats,” they could be spreading their message of calm in the face of  COVID-19-related economic downturn by saying “We have the money.”  While other companies were announcing ...

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