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Mary’s Place receives $50,000 in Assembly funding for refugee outreach

Mary’s Place, a refugee outreach center serving the Maplewood and Edgerton neighborhoods, has received $50,000 in funding from the New York State Assembly. The money will be used to cover costs associated with outreach, case management and language translation services. ...

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Mortgage servicers still must provide COVID-19 related relief, James warns

Mortgage servicers have been told they still should be providing long-term relief to homeowners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with state and federal regulations or face penalties and enforcement actions. In a letter from New York State Attorney ...

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Town of Pittsford says no thanks to recreational marijuana businesses

The town of Pittsford will not allow the sale of recreational marijuana, or the opening of consumption lounges. The town board voted against allowing either business by a margin of 3-2 at Wednesday’s meeting. The village of Pittsford will consider ...

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Webster apartment community sells for $29.8 million

A real estate investment firm that targets distressed and/or underperforming residential properties has purchased Country Manor in Webster for $29.8 million. PH Realty Capital acquired the apartment community at 185 Country Manor Way on Dec. 2 from Country Manor DNB ...

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State labor law requires paid time off for booster shots

Employers in New York must provide paid time off so employees can get a COVID-19 booster shot, according to recent guidance issued by the state’s Department of Labor. The new regulation piggybacks on the original requirement that mandated paid time off ...

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Black Bear Pub challenges city’s Order of Closure

The owner of a bar shut down under the city of Rochester’s new gun-violence state of emergency order has filed suit, claiming the business was denied due process and that the nuisance point system used by authorities is flawed. Black ...

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Premature end of employee retention tax credits may create burden

Small businesses that had budgeted for employee retention tax credits for the fourth quarter may either be in for a surprise or face a payback burden now that the program has ended, payroll and accounting advisors say. The employee retention ...

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Van Bortels suing Ford over sale of Henderson Ford

The owners of a longtime Rochester-area Ford dealership are suing the auto maker, alleging the Detroit-based company reneged on an agreement regarding the purchase of another local dealership.

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Scholarship fund will honor outgoing police chief

A scholarship fund to assist people of color pursue a career in law enforcement is being created by the Rochester Police Foundation to honor outgoing chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan. Proceeds from a farewell dinner for Sullivan on Nov. 18 will be ...

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