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New president needs to address COVID-19, help New York state and small business, say LeMoyne professor, business people By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant “I would say that particularly from the perspective of Central New York, I think the No. 1 thing that the president could do is to get funding to state and local governments. They’ll desperately need it. Jonathan Parent, assistant professor of political science at LeMoyne College Whichever candidate is elected president of the United States in the November election, his policies and leadership will affect the nation in the following four years. With the pandemic still on the forefront of the news and affecting daily life, Jonathan Parent, assistant professor of political science at LeMoyne College, thinks dealing with COVID-19 should be a priority. “In the short-term, the priority will have to be to mitigate as much as we can the damage done by the COVID crisis,” Parent said. This is particularly important for Central New York. An Aug. 17, 2017 New York Times story named Syracuse as third on its list of cities likely to have a “severe” revenue shortfall (Rochester and Buffalo were listed as first and second on the list, respectively). The report stated that