News & Resources

The Retail Council of New York State regularly communicates relevant news to our members in real time. We also provide myriad resources for retailers and other businesses. Check this page frequently for updates.

Staten Island Mall hours for Thanksgiving, Black Friday 2021

Staten Island Advance, November 14, 2021 —The Staten Island Mall in New Springville will be closed for a second consecutive year on Thanksgiving Day, but the shopping center will reopen on Black Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., according to the Mall’s website. “According...

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Retailers adapt to evolving mask rule

Capitol Pressroom, May 21, 2021 — Retail Council of New York State President and CEO Melissa O’Connor joins the show to explain how her members are adapting to this brave new world, where vaccinated New Yorkers won’t be mandated to wear masks indoors and businesses...

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How the coronavirus changed the way we shop

Times Union, March 2, 2020 — Christmas was just days away, but the Macy's department store at Colonie Center was pleasantly uncrowded. The busiest area seemed to be at the counter where customers could retrieve their online orders. So it was no surprise last week when...

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How the city of Rochester is helping small businesses

WXXI News, January 4, 2021 —In the latest WXXI Business Report, find out about a new grant program from the city of Rochester designed to help small businesses. Also, the new leader of the Retail Council of New York state says the organization is trying to help its...

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New York’s retailers have a new champion in Albany

Capitol Pressroom, December 14, 2020 — Retail businesses have played a major role during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. We talked with the new head of the Retail Council of New York State, Melissa O’Connor about the group’s priorities heading into the 2021...

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