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Wayne County to host free seminars for affordable housing providers (access required)

In an effort to meet the need for more affordable housing, Wayne County will offer a series of virtual workshops in September for local landlords and housing providers. A recent Affordable Housing Needs Assessment revealed the need for more affordable ...

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Proposed laws would limit fees, practices of food delivery services (access required)

  Proposed legislation would require third-party food delivery services operating in Monroe County to obtain permission to post restaurant menus, and would also cap the surcharge. County Legislator Rachel Barnhart has introduced two separate bills that go to committee on ...

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Bello adds to airport, communications staff (access required)

Steve Barz will leave his post as Monroe County’s director of communications and special events to become assistant director of Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport. He will focus on strengthening and improving marketing and communications efforts for the airport. ...

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New RochesterWorks! job program tied to anti-gun violence initiative (access required)

An anti-gun violence initiative has been launched in collaboration with RochesterWorks!, where state funding will provide pathways to employment for young adults (ages 18 to 24) in targeted city neighborhoods. The SEEDS Program (Safety, Economic Empowerment, Development and Support) has ...

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Looking into the crystal ball: Estate planning during uncertain times (access required)

As we enter the dog days of summer, while estate planning may be last on your list of considerations, there are good reasons to do some planning before the end of the year. President Joe Biden’s administration (the “Administration”) has made several proposals that ...

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Agency distributing rent-relief funds says DiNapoli report was off base (access required)

Just hours after the state comptroller assailed New York’s handling of rent-relief funding, the agency in charge of overseeing distribution of that money said the process has been moving as smoothly as possible. “The comptroller’s sensationalized report doesn’t take into ...

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DiNapoli critical of state’s inability to process rent relief funding (access required)

New York could be at risk of losing federal rent relief funding if the tardiness within the distribution process is not addressed immediately, according to a report released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. DiNapoli’s findings show ...

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State makes available funding for all-electric affordable housing (access required)

Two state agencies are making $7.5 million in funding available for a new clean energy initiative, designed to create up to 600 energy-efficient, all-electric affordable housing units. The pilot program, a collaboration between New York State Homes and Community Renewal and ...

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Magnatag expanding Macedon manufacturing plant (access required)

Magnatag will expand its manufacturing operations, using assistance from Empire State Development and the Wayne County Industrial Development Agency, to add machinery and other equipment at its facility in the town of Macedon. Makers of custom white and magnetic boards, ...

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Bobo’s Chicken Shack, Panther Graphics receive Empire Award (access required)

Two Black-owned businesses were presented with the New York State Senate’s Empire Award by state Sen. Jeremy Cooney (D-Rochester) on Thursday. Devon “Bobo” Crittenden, owner of Bobo’s Chicken Shack, and Tony Jackson, president of Panther Graphics Inc., were recognized for ...

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Many employers caught between the vaccine and a hard place (access required)

Vaccine mandates are becoming more popular among large corporations and small businesses alike. But one in five Americans remain vaccine-resistant. What is an employer to do? Luke Wright, a partner at Harter Secrest & Emery LLP who practices in the area ...

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Employers must ensure compliance with harassment prevention training (access required)

The failure of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo to acknowledge he took part in sexual harassment prevention training — regulations that he signed into law — underscores the oversight that is necessary by every business to ensure employee compliance. Annual sexual ...

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Inflation: Transient or here to stay? (access required)

Inflation seems to be top of mind lately, garnering the attention of economists, political pundits, business owners and laymen alike — but what exactly is inflation, how is it measured, what’s considered to be normal and how high is it ...

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