Rochester-area officials attend mass gathering Friday

Updated: October 10, 2020 01:10 PM
Created: October 09, 2020 06:15 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — There was a large number of people at the Zweigle’s expansion ribbon-cutting Friday. News10NBC counted at least 75. 

That included a number of lawmakers and Rochester-area leaders, who took their turn at the podium to congratulate Zweigle's on the expansion.  

Chamber CEO and the head of the Finger Lakes Control Room Bob Duffy even made light about the size of the crowd at the podium.

Everyone did wear masks and there was social distancing. 

In light of the governor's call for strict enforcement of the state's mass gathering limit of 50 people, News10NBC asked Duffy about the crowd afterward.

Lewke: “Bob, I know you sorta joked about it at the podium but I counted at least 75 people at this event, is that really a responsible thing considering there are limitations?”

Duffy: “No I was not kidding, we are right from the start I think people came in, it's as an exciting time. We're pretty strict on 50 people, I didn't do any head counts but I did make a comment up there because a we have to abide by the rules and we have to lead by example with the rules and so I didn't do a headcount but I think a whole lot more people wanted to come. I didn't realize they were that much over but we have to make sure it doesn't happen.”

The next day, Duffy Tweeted that News10NBC was correct about the crowd size and that it shouldn't have occurred. 

"I appreciate Jennifer Lewke rasing the crowd size issue yesterday at the Zweigle’s event. She was right - we were wrong. No excuses. It shouldn't have occurred. Our Rochester Chamber assisted Zweigle’s - so I take responsibility - it won't happen again," said Duffy. 

News10NBC also sent pictures of the gathering to the governor's office and are still waiting for a response.

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