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Author Archives: Velvet Spicer

RAWNY aims to simplify system of resources for formerly incarcerated individuals

The Reentry Association of Western New York is looking to launch a groundbreaking public safety initiative aimed at serving the more than 2,000 individuals returning to Rochester each year. RAWNY is seeking additional funding to create a unique, single point ...

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Variety of factors helping M&A industry rebound nicely

If it seems as though every month you’re reading about a new local merger or acquisition, you’re not wrong. The M&A industry has rebounded nicely since the slowdown that occurred at the start of the pandemic. “This was a black ...

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AG James tours state with funding to fight opioid epidemic

New York Attorney General Letitia James has begun a “HealNY” tour across the state, where she is delivering the first of up to $1.5 billion to combat the opioid epidemic. The funds, which are being delivered to each of the ...

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RochesterWorks initiative aims to reduce gun violence through workforce development

RochesterWorks! has launched a $2.25 million gun violence prevention initiative that is designed to provide job opportunities for hundreds of Rochester young adults. The region’s largest nonprofit provider of workforce and career services is looking for community organizations to help ...

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Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach bridges gaps so people don’t fall through

Jon Olsen was introduced to Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach’s Nielsen House in 2014, when he walked through the front door in handcuffs. Today he serves as the home’s director. “I was in Rochester drug treatment court and I was mandated ...

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Many employers caught between the vaccine and a hard place

Vaccine mandates are becoming more popular among large corporations and small businesses alike. But one in five Americans remain vaccine-resistant. What is an employer to do? Luke Wright, a partner at Harter Secrest & Emery LLP who practices in the area ...

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World Relief Western New York works to further local resettlement efforts

Refuge Rochester LLC has merged with World Relief to become World Relief Western New York, a nonprofit Christian humanitarian organization that works to bring sustainable solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems, including disasters, extreme poverty, violence, oppression and ...

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Wolford will be first woman to serve as chief judge for WDNY

Hon. Elizabeth A. Wolford

On Wednesday, the Hon. Elizabeth A. Wolford will become the first woman to serve as chief judge of the Western District of New York, and will hold the distinction of being the first woman to serve in the role in ...

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Ontario County woman pleads guilty to stealing pension payments

An Ontario County woman has pleaded guilty to grand larceny for stealing more than $2,000 in pension payments from the New York State and Local Retirement System. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Ontario County District Attorney James Ritts ...

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