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Onondaga County received sales tax receipts, and they continue to indicate financial challenges ahead. Payments were off 37%, which is $9 million less than last year. The County Legislature is considering reinstituting a decades dormant energy tax, which is one of the only ways the county government has found to raise revenue.

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  With no federal aid to local governments yet and sales tax receipts on the way, Onondaga County will have to face the economic reality of the COVID-19 pandemic soon.


During a weekend of mostly peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd across Onondaga County, local leaders also kept their eye on the COVID-19 pandemic. County Executive Ryan McMahon said though it’s not ideal during the pandemic, social distancing enforcement was not the priority at the protests. 

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Following late night confusion, Central New York is able to start Phase Two of reopening. Reports began Thursday evening that Governor Andrew Cuomo would not be allowing any part of the state to begin Phase Two until a data review by international experts, causing frustration among local leaders and residents.


Central New York and four other regions have been cleared by Governor Cuomo to start phase two of reopening their economies after local governments expressed confusion and anger over a lack of direction until the last minute. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order that allows businesses to deny entry to customers who aren’t wearing a mask. He says it’s intended to improve public health and reduce fights.