Department of Labor Releases HERO Act Standards & Templates

The State Labor Department has released the Airborne Infectious Disease Prevention Standard, Model Airborne Infectious Disease Prevention Plan, and industry specific templates (including the template for the Food Services industry) to facilitate compliance with the recently enacted HERO Act. The HERO Act requires employers to adopt and maintain an airborne infectious disease prevention plan to…

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Governor Signs Bill Permitting Restaurants to Use Sidewalks & Closed Streets

Governor Cuomo signed legislation (S.6353-A/A.7733) that will allow restaurants to utilize municipal spaces like sidewalks and streets for outdoor dining. First granted under an Executive Order by the Governor, this law allows restaurants to continue using these public spaces for another year as they recover from the economic devastation brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially…

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Golf Outing Set for September 13th at Cronin’s 

We’re excited to announce the 2021 Cleo Emmer Open, our annual golf outing, is scheduled for Monday, September 13th at Cronin’s Golf Course in Warrensburg, New York. The day will be filled with hospitality and good times starting with lunch before a noon shotgun start, refreshments on the course, hors d’oeuvres & dinner, awards, and…

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Department of Labor Releases HERO Act Standards & Templates

The State Department of Labor released the Airborne Infectious Disease Prevention Standard, Model Airborne Infectious Disease Prevention Plan, and industry specific templates, including for the Food Services industry, to facilitate compliance with the recently enacted HERO Act. The HERO Act requires employers to adopt and maintain an airborne infectious disease prevention plan to be implemented when an airborne…

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Governor Signs Legislation Permitting Restaurants to Operate on Municipal Sidewalks & Closed Streets

Governor Cuomo signed legislation (S.6353-A/A.7733) that will allow restaurants to utilize municipal spaces like sidewalks and streets for outdoor dining. First granted under an Executive Order by the Governor, this law allows restaurants to continue using these public spaces for another year as they recover from the economic devastation brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially…

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Governor Announces End to State of Emergency – Restrictions and Privileges End

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced at a press briefing today that New York State will end the Temporary Disaster Emergency established to respond to the COVID-19 crisis by Executive Order 202 and subsequent Executive Orders, effective tomorrow, June 24th. This will end the suspensions and modifications of law, and all directives contained in the Executive…

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State Hits 70% Vaccination Rate, Restrictions Lifted

Governor Cuomo announced that the State hit the 70% vaccination rate threshold this week and most of the public health restrictions are now lifted, including all of the restrictions on restaurants and taverns. While the Department of Health continues to recommend social distancing and mask wearing in certain indoor situations, you no longer have to…

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Alcohol to Go Fails to Advance In Legislature, For Now

The Assembly and Senate completed their planned work for the year this week without passing legislation to extend or make permanent your privilege to sell alcohol to go. While the Governor has extended it by Executive Order until July 5th it’s unclear how much longer he can do this. The Legislature bought into the disinformation…

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NYS COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program Opens

Empire State Development has announced that the New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program, which was created to provide flexible grant assistance to currently viable small businesses, micro-businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations in New York that have experienced economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is now open. The…

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$60 Billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act Introduced

Creation of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) was great news, but for too many owners the $28.6 billion in funding ran out before they could receive any disaster funding. The SBA estimates that they need at least an additional $50 billion just to fund the applications submitted before the application portal was closed. The RRF…

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