Syracuse, N.Y. — Onondaga County became the first county in New York to reopen auto dealerships this week.
Syracuse-area dealers can start selling cars in person again after nearly two months of online and over-the-phone sales only. The dealers will be allowed to operate by appointment if they stick to a series of safety measures, according to County Executive Ryan McMahon.
The change is one of the biggest steps yet toward reopening the economy in Upstate New York. Auto sales are one of the area’s biggest generators of sales tax — a critical piece of local government revenue.