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Locate Finger Lakes Business Journal

Stay Safe!

Dear Friends,

Mike Nozzolio

Former Senator, Mike Nozzolio

This is an uncertain and unprecedented time for all of us.

We know you are working through immense challenges in your businesses and organizations, while supporting your employees, families and communities.

We also know this: our Finger Lakes economy is resilient. We are home to amazing companies led by strong leaders and talented employees who work hard every day to solve problems and offer solutions.

At Locate Finger Lakes, we have worked to share the incredible stories of our region’s smart and innovative companies and organizations. Our latest story was about Cayuga Community College, one of the many schools across our region adjusting its operations, yet continuing its important work.

We know you are doing the same.

We want you to consider Locate Finger Lakes as a resource if you have an important message, or helpful information to share with our region. Maybe you have a product or service that could be helpful to the people in our communities. If there is anything we, at Locate Finger Lakes, can do for you, please let us know.

History has proven that we can both endure and overcome great challenges to our economy and our way of life, and we will get through this.

Thank you to the workers on the front lines, especially our region’s health care professionals, and all those working to provide the food, supplies and resources that people need. And to all of you, thank you for doing your part for our Finger Lakes economy.

Please contact me anytime at locate@locatefingerlakes.com.

Sincerely,

Mike Nozzolio Signature

Mike Nozzolio
Chairman, Locate Finger Lakes

To help keep up with the quickly changing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, below are some important resources related to the economic impacts for businesses and workers…

Governor Cuomo late yesterday issued an executive order that directs non-essential businesses to implement work-from-home policies effective Friday, March 20. Businesses that rely on in-office personnel must decrease their in-office workforce by 50 percent:
https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2026-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

Governor Cuomo earlier yesterday issued a separate executive order that includes several health care items and also information about closures at malls and amusement-related businesses: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2025-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency

ESD has set up a web portal and FAQ page for individuals and businesses with business-related COVID-19 issues and questions on this website with all COVID-19 info:
https://esd.ny.gov/esd-covid-19-related-resources

ESD supported Governor Cuomo in New York State’s declaration for SBA disaster assistance. We expect approval by the end of the week. This will allow small businesses and not-for-profits to apply for SBA disaster loans.

Many businesses and organizations have expressed a desire to support New York State as it responds to the virus outbreak. Individuals or groups looking to volunteer or contribute to the State’s effort should contact the Governor’s Office at covid19assistance@exec.ny.gov.

DOL has been working hard to keep up with the new demand for Unemployment Insurance and has institute new rules that include extended hours and restrictions about when to file based on your last name: https://labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/2020/march-17-2020-1.shtm

DOL is also reminding businesses of its Shared Work Program that can provide an alternative to laying off employees during business downturns by allowing workers to work a reduced work schedule and collect partial unemployment insurance benefits for up to 26 weeks. Instead of cutting staff, you able to reduce the number of hours of all employees or just a certain group:
https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/employerinfo/shared-work-program.shtm

Below is the main NYS page for all COVID-19 information:
https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

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