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Centerstate CEO Calls for Public Sector Assistance for Employees who get Laid off due to COVID-19

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Central New York businesses need to take a long view when it comes to dealing with the economic fallout from the Corona virus epidemic.  The losses in the stock market indicats  how the disease is impacting the economy.  There are already abrupt closure of businesses and big reductions of people gathering in public sending  shock wave to bottom lines. 

Rob Simpson, Centerstate CEO President is hearing a lot of concern from businesses around Central New York. He calls the the impacts of the coronavirus unprecendeted and warns business owners. 

"I think from the business stand point, we do need companies to be able to think down the road just a little bit. This is more than just a one or two week disruption. This is going to have longer term and more profound impacts, so we need people thinking about it planning for something that looks like a more sustained period of economic disruption," said Simpson. 

He sees Centerstate’s role as finding best practices to help employees of different businesses work at home, while also finding the best ways to keep workers safe that can’t work at home.  Simpson believes the area can weather the storm, if there’s not a lot of panic.

“We hope that businesses will refrained from taking drastic and rashed actions in the face of what is a pretty high level of fear and paranonia particularly smaller businesses like restuarants and retails which have real fear about being able to make payrolls in a week or two weeks or three weeks,” said Simpson        

He said there has to be public sector assistance for small businesses and employees who get laid off or cut back.   He’ll be looking for support from more than just local and state-level governments.

 “It is going to be increasingly important for us to work with our public sector partners inorder to mitigate the short - term, mid - term and long - term disruption to our econmic system,"

Simpson said in this time of disruption, he has already heard from a number of business leaders asking how they can help, showing that some are mindful of the greater community good.    

Chris Bolt, Ed.D. has proudly been covering the Central New York community and mentoring students for more than 30 years. His career in public media started as a student volunteer, then as a reporter/producer. He has been the news director for WAER since 1995. Dedicated to keeping local news coverage alive, Chris also has a passion for education, having trained, mentored and provided a platform for growth to more than a thousand students. Career highlights include having work appear on NPR, CBS, ABC and other news networks, winning numerous local and state journalism awards.