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bedbathandbeyond.com

Bed Bath & Beyond is going to be closing its store in Pittsford Plaza. The company confirmed on Friday the first 63 stores of the 200 or so that it announced in July would close over the next two years.

The story was first reported by USA Today.

daveandbusters.com

Nearly 300 people who had worked at the Dave and Buster’s restaurant and entertainment complex located at Marketplace Mall were told recently that their temporary layoffs will become permanent by December.

That information was contained in a required New York State Labor Department notice, along with similar notices for Dave and Buster’s locations in other parts of the state such as Albany and Syracuse.

The Texas-based chain opened up the Henrietta location in 2016. But the restaurants, like so many other businesses, were hit by the closures caused by COVID-19 in March.

When Governor Cuomo locked down the state at the beginning of the pandemic, businesses faced uncertainty and significant losses. When the economy began to reopen in Upstate New York, some businesses downstate got creative. A wine bar in New York City was one of them.

The team behind Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels NYC discovered property in Interlaken on Cayuga Lake and opened their new venture, Supernatural Lake, in July. The project is a wine bar, restaurant, and bed-and-breakfast, with the New York City-based staff now living in the Finger Lakes.

We talk to the team about their decision to shift their focus to Upstate, the economic impact of the pandemic, and what it means to get creative in the food and beverage industry during this time. Our guests: 

  • Caleb Ganzer, managing partner for Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels NYC and Supernatural Lake
  • Eric Bolyard, executive chef and managing partner for Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels NYC and Supernatural Lake

northcountrypublicradio.org

A decision by New Jersey leaders to raise taxes on that state’s wealthiest residents has provided new hope to advocates who want to tax the rich in New York -- but Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his budget director are throwing cold water on that proposal. 

New Jersey’s top tax rate for those making between $1 million and $5 million a year will rise to 10.75%. That rate already applied to people making over $5 million a year. 

Those who want to tax the rich in New York hailed the move and asked Cuomo to follow suit.

After two weeks of rising cases of COVID-19 on campus, SUNY Oswego will pause in-person classes and switch to remote instruction for 14 days, the college announced Friday. 

President Deborah Stanley, in a letter to the campus community, said the college is making the move to remote instruction proactively, as the number of cases of COVID-19 on campus continues to rise. 

Monroe County

Monroe County’s Commissioner of Public Health has some words of caution for churchgoers. Dr. Michael Mendoza is putting out the advisory because of a growing number of coronavirus cases that seem to be connected to churches.

Mendoza said he understands that religious worship has a profoundly important role in the lives of many people, and especially during the pandemic, that worship can be a great source of support and comfort.

photo provided by Jewish Senior Life

Friday marks the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and some families are finding ways to celebrate together, even when they have to be apart. It’s a day that Gail Wolk celebrates every year with relatives.

“It’s having everyone together and talking about all different things and laughing,” said Wolk. “It’s just family.”

Karen DeWitt/WXXI News

Sometime in November, the New York State Thruway system will transition to cashless tolling. All of its tollbooths will go dark, and a network of electronic tolling monitors will switch on.

James Brown/WXXI News

As a potential eviction crisis looms in Rochester and its suburbs, a new program will provide tenants and landlords across Monroe County with legal and financial assistance. At the same time, a new countywide court structure will consolidate eviction cases from town courts and Rochester City Court into one place.

Matt Ryan New York Now

New York’s fiscal year is nearly half over, and the state budget remains billions of dollars out of balance, largely due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic-related economic shutdown.

So far, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been relying on temporary measures to keep the state afloat, but fiscal experts say it’s time to make some hard decisions. 

E.J. McMahon with the conservative-leaning fiscal watchdog group the Empire Center, and Ron Deutsch with the liberal-leaning Fiscal Policy Institute, do agree on some things.

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