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Sandy Parker, the longtime head of the former Rochester Business Alliance and one of the most influential forces in the region, died Saturday. She was 75.

Friends and former business associates confirmed her death and said it was sudden.

Parker was a key player in forming what today is known as the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

Monroe County, the city of Rochester, Wegmans and the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce have partnered to vaccinate grocery store employees, including those who work at independent stores and bodegas, against COVID-19.

“Grocery store employees have been on the front lines since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, playing a critical role in providing goods and services that are needed throughout these unprecedented times, while keeping our public health at the forefront,” said County Executive Adam Bello.

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Bob Duffy, president and CEO of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, is pleased about the lifting of microcluster zone restrictions in most of New York state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made that announcement Wednesday, citing the recent declines in the COVID-19 infection rate statewide.

But Duffy cautioned there is still a ways to go in getting back to the kind of environment many small businesses are looking for.

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As the hospitalization rate continues to increase in the Finger Lakes region, hospital and local government officials are looking for ways to free up more hospital beds.

One way that could happen, according to Bob Duffy, the president & CEO of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, is by being able to move nursing home patients currently still in the hospital to a facility set up for patients infected by COVID-19.

Duffy also heads up a regional control board that helps provide data to the state on COVID-19 impacts.

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Two days before word of Daniel Prude’s death at the hands of police sent her political future into a tailspin, Mayor Lovely Warren was deflecting news stories about prosecutors preparing evidence for a grand jury that she violated campaign finance laws.

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The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce has presented Nicole VanGorder with its 2nd Annual IGNITE Future Leader's Award. It was presented in a virtual event on Wednesday.

The IGNITE Award recognizes a young professional, 21 to 40 years old, for leadership, community service, and personal and professional achievements. The goal is to recognize and celebrate Rochester’s future leaders who serve as a positive influence in bettering the community.

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Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy is weighing in on the situation involving Daniel Prude, the 41-year-old man who died after being restrained on the pavement on Jefferson Avenue last March. Details about that incident only came to light last week when bodycam video from the officers involved was released.

Duffy, a former NY Lieutenant Governor and former Rochester Mayor released this statement on Sunday:

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As the end of the two-week period for the Phase 1 reopening in the Finger Lakes comes up on Friday, a local business official says he won’t predict just when Phase two will start.

In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Bob Duffy, the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President & CEO who also is a regional advisor on the reopening to Governor Andrew Cuomo, said that the governor will be looking carefully at all the metrics, including things like the infection rate of the coronavirus, before deciding when the Finger Lakes can move on to Phase 2.

Rochester area leaders are urging a cautious approach in reopening businesses and other organizations, even as they also indicate that steps taken so far have helped keep the coronavirus from overwhelming the area’s hospitals.

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello, the county’s Commissioner of Public Health, Dr. Michael Mendoza, and Rochester Chamber of Commerce President Bob Duffy all say that while progress has been made in containing the virus, the phased-in reopening of the state, which is being led by Governor Andrew Cuomo, is the right approach.

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Bob Duffy says he understands the frustration of small business owners who want to reopen sooner rather than later.  

But Duffy, the President and CEO of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce who is also acting in an advisory capacity to Governor Andrew Cuomo for reopening various businesses and other operations in the Finger Lakes, says health and safety have to come first.

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