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Loans available for small businesses who had to lay off employees, prevent future losses

Loans available for small businesses who had to lay off employees, prevent future losses
Following President Trump’s signing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin announced that the SBA and Treasury Department have initiated a robust mobilization effort of banks and other lending institutions to provide small businesses with working capital to cover important costs and prevent layoffs. The CARES Act establishes a... more

Deputies: Savannah man arrested on felony charge after domestic incident

Deputies: Savannah man arrested on felony charge after domestic incident
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Savannah man following an investigation into a domestic incident. Patrick Goodell, 24, was charged with first-degree criminal contempt and third-degree assault. Goodell is accused of violating a protective order by intentionally injuring another person protected by the order. Additional details about the incident were not released by authorities. Deputies say... more

WNY coalition of Senators call for small business fund, halt to takeout container ban

WNY coalition of Senators call for small business fund, halt to takeout container ban
The Western New York Senate Delegation called for the establishment of a $890 million Small Business Emergency Assistance Fund for the State of New York. Additionally, the delegation called for the tabling of any budget proposals to ban the use of serviceware, including takeout containers. This proposed ban is especially concerning due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the reliance many... more

TRACKING COVID-19: More confirmed cases throughout the Finger Lakes (full coverage)

TRACKING COVID-19: Cuomo says shutdown could last months, addresses New Yorkers Monday AM (full coverage)
Follow along with updates from officials - local, state, and federal - as the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 response continues around the region. Our 'Latest News' section will be updated around the clock. We'll be documenting school closures, public health announcements, and more. We will have resources available for those looking for information from the Centers for Disease Control at... more

Masking policies will take hold at Rochester Regional, UR Medicine hospitals

Masking policies will take hold at Rochester Regional, UR Medicine hospitals
On Tuesday, universal masking policies will go into effect at hospitals operated by the two largest conglomerates in the region. UR Medicine and Rochester Regional Health announced that they will enact new policies that will require all staff, visitors, and providers to wear masks in public clinical areas. “This is the latest of several actions the health systems have taken... more

Legislators say counties could be on brink of bankruptcy after pandemic if Albany doesn’t shift

Three state legislators who represent the Southern Tier and part of the Finger Lakes are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to accept billions in funding from the federal government to help with COVID-19 response across New York State. State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I) made the joint-announcement on Monday asking the... more

HOURS OF OPERATION: Here’s who is open, closed & statements from local businesses (continuously updated)

HOURS OF OPERATION: Here’s who is open, closed & statements from local businesses (continuously updated)
Editor’s Note: If you’re looking for full-coverage of the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 click here. This database will be the place where we post all business hours or service changes. Have something you’d like to see here? Send it to news@fingerlakes1.com.  318 Asian Buffet in Seneca Falls: 318 Asian Buffet on Route 318 in Waterloo inside the Finger Lakes Tea... more

Courts throughout Finger Lakes, Central New York go virtual due to COVID-19

Judge Doran announces virtual courts for counties through the 7th District
More changes are coming to local courts amid the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 pandemic. Judge Craig Doran, 7th Judicial District Administrative Judge, made the announcement that effective immediately virtual court operations will commence. He says video conferencing will be utilized for all courts within Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates Counties for essential proceedings. “Under the guidance... more

Two dozen officers furloughed, emergency staffing underway after positive COVID test at Wayne Co. Jail

Sheriff: 24 officers furloughed, emergency staffing at Wayne County jail after positive COVID-19 test
Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts reports the first confirmed case of the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 on his staff. He said a corrections officer tested positive for COVID-19 and that precautions were being taken. “I have furloughed with pay 24 correction officers and declared emergency staffing scheduling,” Sheriff Virts said in a tweet confirming the news. He says no other... more

DEBRIEF: Answering your questions about Coronavirus coverage across Upstate New York (podcast)

DEBRIEF: Answering your questions about Coronavirus coverage across Upstate New York (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast, a breakdown of the most-asked questions we received in the newsroom since the Novel Coronavirus outbreak began in New York. Josh Durso and Ted Baker discuss, and look forward to a potentially permanently changed region. more

FEEDING THE FINGER LAKES: List of pantries, churches providing service during crisis

FOOD PANTRIES: Hours of operation for those feeding the needy in the Finger Lakes
Food pantries are crucial, especially in rural communities. The need is even greater — as most businesses, agencies, and organizations operate on limited hours due to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. more

Kinney Drugs raises wages for employees, installs shields in stores

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Kinney Drugs is the latest to add acrylic shields to protect those working at its stores amid the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. The shields will be installed at all of the chain’s pharmacy counters and front of the store checkout counters to protect workers and customers from the spread of COVID-19. The stores have been deemed essential under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s... more

Deputies: Marion man had BAC over twice the legal limit during traffic stop

Deputies: Marion man had BAC over twice the legal limit during traffic stop
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Marion man for DWI following a traffic stop in Williamson. Deputies arrested Patrick Graham, 33, of Marion for aggravated unlicensed operation, driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC over 0.18, as well as other vehicle and traffic violations. Graham is said to have been stopped for speeding on Route 21... more

‘GIVE STUDENTS REFUNDS’: Colleges blasted for remote learning, refund policies

While college students are stuck at home because of the coronavirus, some are organizing online to support pass-fail learning in response to this disruption, even across upstate New York. Colleges both public and private have been mobilizing on the online petition platform Change.org in an effort to make their voices heard by school administrators.  more

Wayne County Democratic Committee gathers signatures for 2020 elections

Wayne County Democratic Committee gathers signatures for 2020 elections
Each year, local representatives of the Democratic Party in Wayne County gather signatures from enrolled Democrats for local, regional and state political candidates. Every other year, they also circulate petitions to designate two Democratic Committee representatives in each election district. With the state primary coming early in June, signature gathering was set for February and March. “With the coronavirus, the... more

Checks for at least $1,200 coming for large portion of population: Here are the guidelines

Checks for at least $1,200 coming for large portion of population: Here are the guidelines
Who gets a stimulus check? That is the question that circulated after it was announced that a massive $2 trillion package had been agreed to in the Senate. First, any person making less than $75,000 per year will receive a $1,200 check. Those who make between $75,000 and $99,000 will receive a slightly lesser amount of money. Second, couples who... more

Webinar will be held by IJC to address Lake Ontario levels

Webinar will be held by IJC to address Lake Ontario levels
The International Joint Commission is hosting a webinar on Lake Ontario’s water levels. While that might have been one of the top-issues covered thus far in 2020 along Lake Ontario – it recently took a backseat – as the Novel Coronavirus ripped through the state. The session will include a discussion among the chairs on current lake conditions, and actions... more

FLX WEEKLY: Local spirits to lift your spirit & an update from FingerLakes1.com (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Local Spirits to lift your Spirit & an update from FingerLakes1.com (podcast)
First, an update on what’s happening at FingerLakes1.com during the second week of restricted business and social activity in New York State. Then, Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Director Katherine Chase joins us with four locally distilled liquors to taste from Montezuma and Knapp wineries. Hang in there Finger Lakes!  . more
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