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Cuomo says no to martial law, yes to tighter business restrictions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)—Gov. Andrew Cuomo tightened work-from-home rules Thursday as confirmed cases continued to climb in New York, an expected jump as testing becomes more widespread. But he stressed that roadblocks and martial law for New York City were merely ...

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U.S. warns Americans against all overseas travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has upgraded its already dire warning to Americans against all international travel as the coronavirus outbreak spreads. The State Department on Thursday issued a new alert urging Americans not to travel abroad under any ...

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Lawmakers working on emergency paid time off legislation in light of virus

Ibrahim Tariq

State and federal lawmakers have been busy crafting emergency legislation to provide paid time off for workers affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The the new legislation was not finalized by Wednesday afternoon so employers should stay informed on new ...

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County Clerk’s Office announces new closures, service suspensions


Monroe County Clerk Jamie Romeo announced several changes to operations at the Downtown Filing Office located in the County Office Building to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, the following changes will take place until ...

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Get out of jail? Inmates fearful of virus argue for release

NEW YORK — Coronavirus has become a “get out of jail” card for hundreds of low-level inmates across the country, and even hard-timers are seeking their freedom with the argument that it’s not a matter of if but when the ...

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Doran issues plan for court operations

The centralized arraignment part (CAP) in the lobby of the Ontario County Sheriff's Office. This lobby area had already been converted to serve as a makeshift courtroom for around the clock arraignments in Ontario County. Now it will serve as the courtroom for all Town and Village Court cases that are not postponed because of the special order suspending most cases until at least April 30. (Bennett Loudon)

State Supreme Court Justice Craig Doran, administration judge for the Seventh Judicial District, has issued a detailed plan for court operations implemented to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Court officials are emphasizing that non-essential court functions have been ...

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Jails and prisons suspend visitation to keep coronavirus from spreading

mans hands behind bars in jail or prison

A 56-year-old New York City prison investigator died Sunday of the coronavirus, weeks after he began showing symptoms and went home to self-quarantine. At a county prison in Pennsylvania, the virus sickened the maintenance director about a week ago, sending ...

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Courts adjust to help slow spread of coronavirus


Just like every other aspect of life is being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, federal, state and local courts are taking special precautions to slow the spread of illness. The New York State Unified Court System issued a memorandum announcing ...

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Police Accountability Board cancels meetings


In an effort to follow health officials’ guidance on social distancing to avoid spread of the coronavirus the Rochester Police Accountability Board will postpone all meetings until further notice. Previously noticed meetings on March 19 and 26 have been cancelled. ...

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In addition to health concerns, coronavirus a legal and employment issue

Nixon Peabody partner Kim Harding and Monroe County Health Commissioner Michael Mendoza. (Velvet Spicer)

Although coronavirus, or COVID-19, has not yet caused major disruptions in Rochester, it’s simply a matter of time before it does. And business and community leaders need to be prepared, officials say. “The most important message I can impart to ...

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