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TSA extends face mask requirement (access required)

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended the face mask mandate for domestic travel by air, bus or rail on domestic public transportation systems through Sept. 13. The face mask requirement, which went into effect Feb. 1, was to expire ...

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City, county complete analysis of RASE report (access required)

The city of Rochester and the County of Monroe have completed their initial analysis of the recommendations made by the Commission on Racial and Structural Equity (RASE) report, which was presented to the community six weeks ago. “The completion of ...

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New York may ban flame retardant chemicals in furniture, electronics (access required)

New York lawmakers are considering bills that would ban the sale of furniture and electronics containing flame retardant chemicals, and a coalition of manufacturers and business owners recently expressed opposition in a letter to legislators. Various industry associations signed the letter, ...

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Business of marijuana will be subject of online city forum (access required)

The Rochester community will have an opportunity during an online forum Thursday evening to learn about business opportunities that may exist from the legalization of marijuana. Mayor Lovely Warren and New York State Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes will host ...

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Ortt to Chamber: Legislators must stop outmigration, spur business growth (access required)

With outmigration leading to the loss of one seat in the House of Representatives for New York next year, elected officials must focus on measures that will attract people and businesses, not chase them away, the state Senate Minority Leader ...

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County implements plans to attract, retain hospital staff (access required)

Local political, health care and educational leaders have undertaken a series of measures meant to improve staff retention and recruitment at Monroe Community Hospital. A long-term care task force in conjunction with Common Ground Health will study opportunities to address ...

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Ontario County has weathered COVID’s storm (access required)

What happens to a thriving, rural Upstate community when a global pandemic strikes? Can its government stand up to the financial rigors caused by severe funding shortfalls? Can the government’s workforce continue to adequately deliver services to residents while also ...

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The proven value of older adults in the workforce (access required)

The “unretirement” of older adults is good news for business; especially as the economy begins to recover from the pandemic and the demand increases for the recruitment of new workers in a tight labor market. In fact, according to a March 2021 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), workers aged 55 and over will account for all of ...

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Survey seeks input on climate solutions (access required)

The Climate Solutions Accelerator of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region is looking for community input to help determine a regional climate action plan. The Climate Solutions Accelerator will help create a response to requirements of the New York state Climate Leadership ...

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American Airlines to extend Saturday nonstop service to Miami (access required)

American Airlines will extend its seasonal once-a-week nonstop flight from Rochester to Miami through the summer and then again over the winter months. The Saturday flights — aboard a 76-seat Embraer 175 — will be available from June 5-Aug. 14 and then ...

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Parcel 5 will be green space until permanent use is found (access required)

Parcel 5, the rock- and dirt-covered barren plot of land smack dab in the heart of downtown, will gain new life next month while the city of Rochester continues to seek a permanent use. “Meet Me at the 5” will ...

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Biden administration eases immigration entry rule (access required)

A controversial interpretation of the country’s “public charge rule” has ended with the Biden administration, bringing a collective sigh of relief to both immigrants and their attorneys. “Technically speaking, the public charge rule has not ended. It’s a cornerstone of ...

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New York seeks constitutional right to clean air and water (access required)

This November, New Yorkers will vote on a proposed environmental rights amendment to the Bill of Rights of the New York State Constitution: Environmental rights. Each person shall have a right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment. ...

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Rochester Management brings senior housing to Irondequoit (access required)

Over the years, Rochester Management, Inc., has assisted its nonprofit partners with new affordable housing developments across Monroe County. Now, however, Rochester Management is going it alone, overseeing its first new build in 47 years with development of an affordable ...

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