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New York’s unemployment rate hit 14.5% in April

New York’s unemployment rate hit 14.5% in April

April was bad for the economy. The extent of the damage done by the Coronavirus Pandemic was noted on Thursday, as the state’s unemployment rate hit 14.5 percent. The Department of Labor released that information, outlining the stunning fallout from the pandemic ... MORE
Restaurant industry asks for outdoor seating in next phase of reopening in NYS

Restaurant industry asks for outdoor seating in next phase of reopening in NYS

Restaurant owners across the state are asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to allow outdoor dining, as part of the next phase of reopening. At the moment, Cuomo hasn’t indicated whether this could be a possibility. “We found that consumer confidence is stronger to ... MORE
YMCA locations, private gyms all preparing for increased safety measures when allowed to reopen

YMCA locations, private gyms all preparing for increased safety measures when allowed to reopen

Local YMCA’s and private gyms are working out the way they could reopen – sooner than later – in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo said they would need a plan. While they are working to come up with those plans – many ... MORE
DAILY DEBRIEF: What will the post-pandemic economy look like in Upstate New York? (podcast)

DAILY DEBRIEF: What will the post-pandemic economy look like in Upstate New York? (podcast)

– By Josh Durso The Paycheck Protection Program was launched as part of the federal CARES Act, intended to keep people employed as the nation dealt with a devastating pandemic. The Coronavirus has wreaked havoc on companies of all sizes – but ... MORE
DAILY DEBRIEF: Cayuga Nation, officials in Cayuga County explore possibility of larger casino, hotel

DAILY DEBRIEF: Cayuga Nation, officials in Cayuga County explore possibility of large casino, hotel in Union Springs

– By Gabriel Pietrorazio For Seneca County, dealing with the Cayuga Nation has been simply burdensome, but in the neighboring Cayuga County, their collective future looks promising with a new pact, and a fresh start between the Nation and County. On Thursday, ... MORE
Turning Stone, Yellow Brick Road casinos slated to reopen on June 10th

Turning Stone, Yellow Brick Road casinos slated to reopen on June 10th

The Oneida Indian Nation, who operates three casinos in the region – including the Yellow Brick Road and Turning Stone – say they will reopen next month. It is slated to start on June 10th. This comes as there is no clear ... MORE
DAILY DEBRIEF: Keeping the lights on during a pandemic (podcast)

DAILY DEBRIEF: Keeping the lights on during a pandemic (podcast)

– By Josh Durso Keeping the lights on is tricky business, especially during a pandemic. To get the inside look at the the work, and plans that had been in place to keep NYSEG and RG&E running during the Coronavirus Pandemic, we ... MORE
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Bill would create short-term jobs for younger end of workforce left unemployed after pandemic

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy has introduced a bill that would create short-term jobs targeted for Millennials that have been laid off due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. It’s called the ‘Works Progress Administration-Pandemic Recovery’ program, and would allow younger age groups on jobs like ... MORE
Pharmacies cannot sell tobacco products in NYS effective this week

Pharmacies cannot sell tobacco products in NYS effective this week

Effective Monday, New York State will not allow pharmacies to sell tobacco. “It really solidifies our public health message,” said Annalisa Rogers, Director of the Smoking and Health Action Coalition. She spoke with RochesterFirst.com about the change. “Stores that sell products designed ... MORE
Racetracks can reopen on June 1st, but how will patrons place bets?

Racetracks can reopen on June 1st, but how will patrons place bets?

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced over the weekend that the phased in reopening of the economy-at-large would include horse racing. That won’t happen until June 1st, but it’s a solid date that gives those in the industry a chance to prepare. Precautions will ... MORE
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Businesses see challenge in getting employees to return amid pandemic

Businesses see challenge in getting employees to return amid pandemic

Businesses are eager to reopen, but are employees as eager to go back? That’s been the question posed to officials over the last several weeks and it’s a big challenge business owners will have to overcome. Miriam Dushane is a Managing Partner ... MORE
Top Tips US Web Developers can Learn from the Best Online Casinos

Top Tips US Web Developers can Learn from the Best Online Casinos

US online casinos are flourishing, as are those overseas. The rising success of gambling over the internet is due not only to legislative moves but the compelling websites to which visitors enjoy returning. In this way, betting sites have much to teach ... MORE
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Bristol Harbour will shut down entire operation as pandemic causes ethical, business challenges

Bristol Harbour will shut down entire operation as pandemic causes ethical, business challenges

Bristol Harbour is shutting down. The news came in a letter posted to its website on Friday, in which owners Todd and Laura Cook cited the pandemic as a major factor. Plans are to convert the property away from commercial, and into ... MORE
Salons will be part of ‘Phase 2’ reopening in New York

Salons will be part of ‘Phase 2’ reopening in New York

Hair salons, barbers, and other types of salons will be able to open as part of ‘Phase 2’. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement on Friday, confirming what many in the industry had been hearing for weeks. Social distancing will be required, ... MORE
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Select stores participate in curbside service at Eastview Mall, Waterloo Premium

Select stores participate in curbside service at Eastview Mall, Waterloo Premium

Shoppers at both Waterloo Premium Outlets and Eastview Mall were able to take advantage of some curbside shopping on Friday. That was included in ‘Phase 1’ of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s reopening plan. Officials say a little more than a dozen stores are ... MORE
NEW AT NOON: SBA Atlantic Regional Admin Steve Bulger talks paycheck protection, future of small businesses (watch)

INSIDE THE FLX: SBA Atlantic Regional Admin Steve Bulger talks paycheck protection, future of small businesses (podcast)

The U.S. Small Business Administration has been working hard over the last two months with local, regional, and national lenders to get hundreds-of-billions of dollars out to small businesses that desperately need it. As part of the Paycheck Protection Program, Regional Administrator ... MORE
J.C. Penney files bankruptcy, unclear how many stores might close

J.C. Penney files bankruptcy, unclear how many stores might close

It’s official. J.C. Penney has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It was reported last week that the troubled retailer was considering it, or getting closer to filing. However, the news that it happened means stores are certainly going to shut down. The question ... MORE
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Wegmans explains price hikes in select areas of retail operation due to COVID-19

Wegmans explains price hikes in select areas of retail operation due to COVID-19

Like grocers across the U.S., the Wegman Family says the price of some goods will likely rise in the coming weeks. Some have noticed higher prices already at various stores around the region. “One thing we can all say for certain is ... MORE
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