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Estate planning and health care proxies require special methods during pandemic

Sharon Wick, an attorney with Phillips Lytle LLP, carried out the witnessing of a will last week in a client’s garage in Erie County. Maintaining the appropriate distance to avoid the potential spread of the COVID-19, Wick and her client, ...

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Despite Naval incident, it’s still illegal to retaliate against whistleblowers

While this week has shown retaliation is apparently practiced in the military, the federal Department of Labor nevertheless is reminding employers that it’s illegal to retaliate against workers who report conditions made unsafe because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  That means ...

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New law for siting renewable energy projects streamlines process, some say too much

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Contained in the state budget passed late last week was a new law streamlining the siting of renewable energy projects, such as wind power farms, in an effort to reach Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s aggressive clean energy goals.   The Accelerated ...

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UR settles sexual harassment suit for $9.4 million


The University of Rochester will pay $9.4 million in a settlement agreement announced Friday with nine former professors and students who sued the institution in 2017 over its handling of sexual harassment complaints. The parties released a joint statement, thanking ...

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Regulation changes help notaries during pandemic

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Most notaries public may have to stay home right now because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but they can continue to notarize documents from home without face-to-face contact. That’s because among the many executive orders Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has issued ...

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New at video conferencing? Here are tips from a local pro


While home-bound workers are doing their jobs remotely, sometimes for the first time, one local company has created a guide that could help many, many businesses carry on in the wake of a pandemic. Perinton-based First American, with 30,000 video ...

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Proposed law could allow lakeside landowners to sue IJC over flooding

In this May 2, 2017 file photo, floodwaters from Lake Ontario fill a yard along Edgemere Dr., in Greece, N.Y. (AP file photo)

Federal legislation introduced by both Republican and Democrat legislators aims to allow Lake Ontario landowners to sue an international agency for damages caused by flooding of their properties. Because of record levels of Lake Ontario in 2017 and 2019, the ...

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‘Dead Man Walking’ author brings legal, moral argument to McQuaid students

Helen Prejean, the author of “Dead Man Walking,” speaks to McQuaid Jesuit High School students Monday morning to kick off Xavier Week at the school. (Provided photo)

Helen Prejean, the nun whose internationally recognized book, “Dead Man Walking,” inspired an Oscar-winning movie about the inhumanity of death sentences, preached her message to 900 youngsters and others at McQuaid Jesuit High School Monday morning. In a talk that telescoped ...

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Queens man suing Rochester-area plazas for access

The Wegmans plaza on Fairport Road in East Rochester is one of four local plazas or malls that were named in lawsuits filed by a New York City-area man. (Diana Louise Carter)

Four local malls and plazas were named this month in lawsuits seeking greater access for people with disabilities by a New York City-area man who has been filing such suits for more than a decade. Christopher E. Brown, whose address ...

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EEOC complaint at Brockport connected to diversity officer’s firing

The College at Brockport's Hartwell Hall. (Photo by Daniel Penfield)

An administrative assistant’s federal complaint against The College at Brockport over racial bias has become intertwined with the recent dismissal of Chief Diversity Officer Cephas Archie. The complaint was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in late October 2019, but ...

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Cornell research may make hemp easier to raise and sell legally

Cornell horticulturist Larry Smart examines hemp plants at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva. (Photo by Justin James Muir for Cornell University)

Hemp growers in New York face the uncertainty of growing a crop that becomes illegal to sell because it unintentionally contains a higher amount of the psychoactive chemical THC than is allowable by state regulations. Now a Cornell University study ...

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