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State recoups $57,000 from McFadden fraud

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New York has recouped more than $57,000 in state and taxpayer funds that were pocketed or misallocated by former Quad A for Kids Executive Director Adam McFadden. New York State Attorney General Letitia James on Monday said her office accepted ...

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Re-entry programs face extra challenges from COVID-19

Groveland Correctional Facility is located in the town of Groveland in Livingston County. (Velvet Spicer)

More than 600,000 people are released from prison each year and it is estimated that two-thirds will recidivate within three years of their release, usually for a low-level offense. But with the proper supports in place, experts say, some of ...

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo extends Child Victims Act look-back window

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On May 8, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a five-month extension to the look-back window for childhood sexual abuse victims, he did so to enable victims to seek the justice they deserve, despite court closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

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Barclay Damon to allow attorneys option of working from home

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One of the region’s largest law firms plans to reopen its offices with a unique approach — allowing its attorneys and staff to choose for themselves whether they work from the office or from home. Barclay Damon LLP, whose downtown ...

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Unshackle Upstate testimony highlights COVID-19 priorities

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Unshackle Upstate, the non-partisan, pro-taxpayer coalition that advocates for Upstate New York job creators and taxpayers, last week submitted testimony to the New York State Joint Legislative hearing on COVID-19’s impact on small businesses proposing a number of immediate actions ...

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GRAWA selects nonprofit for Directors’ Award

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RESOLVE of Greater Rochester Inc. has been named the recipient of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys Directors’ Award. The GRAWA Directors’ Award originated in 1986 and has been awarded to exceptional community leaders including the late Rep. Louise ...

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COVID-19 sparks surge of child, spousal support calls for law firms

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Sheltering at home is hard enough with a spouse and kids, but for divorced parents it can be a little more complicated. “I’ve gotten a lot of calls on visitation,” said Larry Schwind, partner and chair of the domestic relations ...

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Domestic violence a concern during quarantine

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Organizations and leaders worldwide in recent weeks have voiced fears that domestic violence will rise as the mental and emotional challenges of isolation begin to wear us down. U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres recently said that measures to curb domestic ...

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COVID-19 makes immigration ‘a mess for everyone’

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Rochester has long been a site for refugee resettlement. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, taking in individuals fleeing their home countries has come to a halt. “We are not receiving any clients due to COVID-19,” said Lisa Hoyt, director of ...

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