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County waives credit card fee for online payment of taxes (access required)

Monroe County is temporarily waiving the 3 percent credit card fee normally charged for the online payment of school taxes. The waiver was implemented to lessen public interaction at municipal buildings, reduce the demand on municipal employees and make tax ...

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AG extends moratorium on debt collection by her office (access required)

New York Attorney General Letitia James again extended for another two weeks the moratorium on the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state that is being pursued by her office. James will reassess the needs of debtors ...

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Bello orders equal-pay compliance for all county contracts (access required)

All non-governmental county contractors are now required to comply with state and federal equal pay laws following a new executive order issued by Monroe County Executive Adam Bello. Bello joined the Pay Equity Coalition for today’s Sound the Alarm event ...

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New website will serve as informational resource for entrepreneurs (access required)

The city of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship, JP Morgan Chase and Living Cities have joined forces to create a resource website for entrepreneurs. Nexusi90.org will provide a vast array of details on how to start ...

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Airport to be renamed for abolitionist Frederick Douglass (access required)

The Greater Rochester International Airport will adopt the name of the city’s most famous abolitionist. County lawmakers on Tuesday voted to change the airport name to Frederick Douglass – Greater Rochester International Airport, following a petition and bipartisan legislation co-sponosored by ...

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Survey will help county ascertain needs of businesses (access required)

Area businesses are being asked to complete a COVID-19 Economic Impact survey so Monroe County, Greater Rochester Enterprise and the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce can tailor programs and initiatives to meet needs. Fast Forward Monroe aims to understand the ...

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Housing authority introduces landlord incentive program (access required)

In an effort to confront a growing affordable housing crisis, the Rochester Housing Authority has launched an incentive program in hopes of gaining broader participation from landlords in the federal Housing Choice Voucher program (HCV). The HCV is the federal ...

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City seeks developer for Bull’s Head revitalization project (access required)

After a decade in mothballs, the Bull’s Head neighborhood revitalization project is moving forward and the city of Rochester is seeking a master developer. The city has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), hoping interested parties apply for the development ...

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Wayne County sends out the APB for entrepreneurs (access required)

Wayne County again hopes to kick-start the entrepreneurial spirit by providing $25,000 for a great new business idea. The Wayne County Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) is seeking entries from county residents for the second annual Wayne County Startup Pitch Competition. ...

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State introduces one-time COVID-19 low-income rent relief (access required)

Applications for a one-time rent assistance payment, covering up to four months rent, will be available for low-income tenants in New York. The COVID Rent Relief Program will make a direct payment to landlords or housing providers through funding from ...

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Morelle legislation would train the unemployed for contact tracing jobs (access required)

With the coronavirus continuing to spread at a record pace across much of the country and with medical experts warning that there is no end in sight, Rep. Joe Morelle is proposing the creation of a federal contact-tracing jobs program. ...

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Bello proposes Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (access required)

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello submitted legislation on Tuesday to amend the County Charter and create a Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The department will seek effective methods and procedures for recruitment, selection, placement, and promotion of racial and ethnic minorities, ...

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