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Proposed change to Pell Grant rules would benefit students with disabilities (access required)

Proposed legislation introduced by Congressman Joe Morelle (D-Irondequoit) would provide Pell Grant flexibility for students with disabilities and eliminate what proponents see as barriers to earning a collegiate degree. Pell Grant funding is the largest pool of financial resources available ...

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Monroe County recognized for hiring individuals with disabilities (access required)

Monroe County has been applauded for its efforts to employ individuals living with a disability. The New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID) awarded the county the Local Government Customer of the Year award earlier this week. Monroe ...

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Construction trades continue efforts to replenish the workforce (access required)

When an infrastructure bill finally is passed by Congress and money is doled out for upgrades to roadways, bridges and various other projects across the country, the question then becomes: will there be enough workers to fill needed construction positions?

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Morelle sponsors legislation to bolster Social Security funding (access required)

Congressman Joe Morelle (D-Irondequoit) has co-sponsored legislation intended to protect Social Security for the rest of the century. The Social Security 2100: A Sacred Trust Act was introduced by Rep. John Larson (D-Connecticut), chair of the House Ways and Means ...

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Irondequoit’s ‘Backyard Project’ will enhance Town Hall campus (access required)

The town of Irondequoit will use $500,000 in state funding to create a year-round farmer’s market and make the Town Hall campus more accessible. The work, dubbed the “Backyard Project,” will turn the campus into a multi-use park and public ...

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Becoming a force of change: Building a sustainable DEI strategy (access required)

The Monroe County Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) was implemented in March 2021. The department was developed by County Executive Adam Bello to drive his commitment and vision of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce and community per his 2020 Transition ...

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Hickey Freeman adding 100 jobs (access required)

Hickey Freeman will hire up to 100 new workers to meet production demands for new clothing agreements and also may benefit from Sen. Charles Schumer’s plan to create a U.S.-based supply chain for the production of personal protective equipment. Headquartered ...

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Report: ESD fails to fully evaluate most of its economic development programs (access required)

Empire State Development spends nearly $2 billion annually in taxpayer money for loans, grants, tax credits and other incentives to companies and projects, but fails to properly evaluate most of its programs to determine if they actually are boosting the ...

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Monroe County seeks public input on use of federal funds (access required)

Monroe County has launched two initiatives meant to ensure short- and long-term growth and stability, and wants public input on how $144 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds should be spent. Bring Back Monroe is the county’s agenda ...

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Dr. Mendoza to receive state Senate Commendation Award (access required)

Dr. Michael Mendoza will receive the New York State Senate Commendation Award today, recognition for his guidance as Monroe County’s commissioner of public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sen. Jeremy Cooney (D-Rochester) presented the award, which honors “exceptional people throughout ...

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Urban League, local leaders work to further DEI efforts in Rochester community (access required)

Achieving a diverse, equitable and inclusive community will take the help of everyone, including local business leaders, says Seanelle Hawkins, president and CEO of the Urban League of Rochester.   “We all have to take a piece of the puzzle and do our part,” Hawkins says.   ...

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Morelle calls for enhanced fight against spotted lanternfly (access required)

Congressman Joe Morelle is calling increased efforts by the federal government to eradicate the spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect that threatens the state’s agriculture economy. The spotted lanternfly poses significant concerns for farmers, wine makers, brewers and others involved in ...

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Bello vetoes catalytic converter scrap metal law (access required)

A bill intended to crack down on catalytic converter theft by placing requirements on scrap metal recyclers has been vetoed by Monroe County Executive Adam Bello. The bill was passed by the County Legislature on Sept. 14 and required scrap ...

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UR Medicine receives FCC grant to expand telehealth services (access required)

The University of Rochester will receive a nearly $1 million Federal Communications Commission (FCC) grant to expand telehealth services. A necessity during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, telemedicine continues to be a convenient option for patients and providers. “Telehealth ...

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