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Pandemic’s impact on construction projects depends on contract


Binge-watching a season or five of a Netflix series has been a popular way for many to pass time while stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Contractors and building owners may be choosing a different way to stay busy: ...

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Small businesses respond to stimulus package

Jeff Knauss

The recently passed CARES Act was designed to keep businesses and individuals afloat during an economic shutdown, and roughly $377 billion of the $2 trillion stimulus package has been allocated to small businesses. There are many fine details within the ...

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How to lead in the time of COVID-19

Seth Silver

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” —Martin Luther King Jr. Let’s face reality: It is pretty easy to be ...

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Cuomo cancels all tee times; golf joins New York on Pause


Golf courses can no longer be open based on a new clarification of essential businesses under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York on Pause edict. While many private clubs had already shut down golf operations, along with the three courses operated ...

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UR graduates doctors early to help with pandemic

The UR medical school class of 2020, pictured at their White Coat ceremony four years ago. (Photo supplied by UR.)

An early graduation at the University of Rochester School of Medicine this week means Rochester gets 22 newly minted doctors who may be able to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.  The university conducted a brief online ceremony Wednesday to confer ...

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Schumer eyes relief for big business, fixes to small business lending

Sen. Charles Schumer

Forgivable loans for large businesses, similar to the relief granted to small businesses in the CARES Act, will be one order of business when Congress provides the next round of support for a suffering American economy, Senate Minority Leader Charles ...

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RIT brings expertise to bear on medical device needs

A digital monitor for the emergency prototype ventilator developed by an RIT-led team of engineering  and health care experts. (RIT photo by Chris Piggott)

When it comes to developing ventilators and other medical equipment to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Nabil Nasr, founding director of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability, says he tries to impress on his collaborators the urgency of their ...

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Farmers markets adopt new methods during pandemic

A worker connected to Flour City Bread moves to close a car trunk after depositing a box of prepaid locally produced groceries. (RBJ Photo by Diana Louise Carter)

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and New York State issued its first guidelines on social distancing, farmers markets were among the many businesses that closed down. The seasonal markets that haven’t opened yet for the year, meanwhile, have been contemplating ...

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New York AG issues warning to 17 area medical transport companies


New York State Attorney General Letitia James has ordered 78 medical transportation companies and providers of transportation services to Medicaid recipients statewide, including 17 in the Rochester area, to stop providing group rides. An individual in the AG’s office said ...

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Monroe County golf courses remain closed

Hole No. 1 at Genesee Valley Park's North Course (photo courtesy of Monroe County).

The three golf courses operated by Monroe County—Durand Eastman, Genesee Valley and Churchville—will remain closed due to an acceleration of the coronavirus pandemic in the Rochester area. County parks remain open but County Executive Adam Bello urged residents to continue ...

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MVP Health Care waiving fees associated with coronavirus


MVP Health Care will waive fees for testing and treatment associated with COVID-19 care until May 31. The new policy by the health care insurer is retroactive to April 1. Pre-authorization will no longer be required for testing and treatment. ...

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