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Bob Duffy’s Statement on the Lifting of COVID-19 Restrictions in NYS

June 15, 2021

“Today’s news regarding a statewide vaccination rate of 70% among New York’s 18+ population is a welcome announcement. Governor Cuomo, state and local health leaders, frontline healthcare heroes, the Finger Lakes Regional Control Room and Vaccination Hub, and our partners in business and government are to be credited for today’s milestone. “The last 15 months…

NYS Senate Honors Rochester’s Sandy Parker

June 10, 2021

June 10, 2021 (ALBANY, NY) – Today, Senator Jeremy Cooney (D-Rochester) celebrated the life of the late Sandy Parker with a formal resolution by the New York State Senate. Parker, who died earlier this week, was a fixture in the Rochester community and a trailblazing woman in business. As the CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance, now called the…

Bob Duffy Statement on Passage of U.S. Innovation and Competition Act

June 9, 2021

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy said, “As outlined in an analysis by MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, the Greater Rochester region is ranked number one in the nation as ripe for technological and economic investment and growth. With 19 nationally and internationally renowned higher education institutions to provide much-needed talent, world-class facilities…

Bob Duffy’s Statement on the Passing of Sandy Parker

June 6, 2021

“I was asked to offer a statement on behalf of Sandy’s family. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sandy Parker, a trailblazer in Rochester whose vision and contributions have positively impacted our entire region. Sandy was an unsung hero in the Greater Rochester community for decades, contributing her time, resources,…

Governor Cuomo Announces $3.5 Billion in Assistance for Renters and Small Businesses

May 25, 2021

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $3.5 billion in assistance for renters and small businesses experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rental assistance program makes up to $2.7 billion in emergency rental assistance available for struggling New Yorkers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for the program will be accepted…

2021 Young Women of Distinction Award Winners Announced

May 19, 2021

ROCHESTER, NY (May 19, 2021) The Women’s Council, a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate, announced the recipients of its 22nd annual Young Women of Distinction Awards at a virtual celebration at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. The scholarship program supports the Women’s Council’s belief that young women with promise today will become tomorrow’s…

Bob Duffy Statement on COMIDA Amazon Waiver Approval

May 18, 2021

ROCHESTER, NY, May 18, 2021 “Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is proud that Amazon chose Rochester for the projects underway in Gates and Ogden. Greater Rochester Chamber actively supported this waiver request and the larger projects, and we will always stand up for economic growth and prosperity. Beyond the direct jobs that result from this…


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