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Business owners have loads of questions about returning to work

When the coronavirus pandemic began, business owners were hoping law firms could help interpret leases, emergency funding applications and insurance policies. Now, with New York taking steps to begin a phased-in reopening of the economy, labor and employment lawyers are ...

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More than 400 city employees impacted by furloughs, job cuts

Nearly 400 city of Rochester employees will endure furloughs or a reduction in hours, and an additional 17 positions were eliminated, as Mayor Lovely Warren seeks solutions to the financial ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic. The payroll reductions will result ...

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NYS PAUSE an opportunity for government to mandate open meetings

The current ban on in-person gatherings may provide the perfect opportunity for government entities to enhance their compliance with New York’s Open Meetings Law. At least that’s the belief of Paul Wolf, one-time chief of council for the Buffalo Common ...

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Small business landlords feeling the rent pinch

Over the years Michelle and Alex Wheeler have purchased properties in and around the City of Rochester, spruced them up and added them to their rental portfolio at High Falls Property Management. Now three months into their 11th year of ...

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Firms must prepare now for eventual reopening of work space

New York is still weeks away from phasing in a restart of regular business activity, but companies need to decide now what their post COVID-19 workplace will look like. What percentage of your workforce will return immediately? Have you met ...

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There’s more to business interruption insurance exclusions than mere words

Just because your business interruption insurance policy says you’re not covered for a virus-caused emergency shutdown, you would be wise to file a notice of claim anyway. That’s because the courts still may rule in your favor, according to Kevin ...

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Feds want pawn shop owner to forfeit Rolls, Lamborghini and more

Federal authorities are seeking a court order that would require the owner of a pawn shop in Greece to forfeit four luxury cars, cash and jewelry, all of which was allegedly obtained through fraud. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. ...

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Pandemic’s impact on construction projects depends on contract

Binge-watching a season or five of a Netflix series has been a popular way for many to pass time while stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Contractors and building owners may be choosing a different way to stay busy: ...

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Morgan sells three apartment properties to Buffalo partnership

Two prominent Buffalo real estate developers have joined forces on a $74.3 million portfolio investment in three former Robert Morgan apartment communities in the Rochester area. Sinatra & Co. Housing Group, LLC, and Nanco Associates formed the Greater Rochester Multifamily ...

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Halt in home building has unintended health consequences, builders say

In normal times, the subcontractors working for Faber Builders Inc., would have been spending the next two weeks putting the final touches on a new home for a Rochester couple. “Their house normally would have been done around the 17th ...

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Face masks will slow spread of coronavirus, county says

With New York’s stay-at-home order extended until at least April 29, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello on Monday urged residents to add the wearing of face masks to their regular social distancing practices. Face masks should be worn anywhere that ...

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Construction industry stung by new ‘essential’ definition

Construction firms large and small, forced to leave job sites on Friday when their work no longer fit the state’s definition of an essential industry, are hoping Gov. Andrew Cuomo instead will allow municipalities to determine whether building is a ...

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