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LW1 Operator, Niagara Refining receive NYPA economic development award
Wed, Jan 26th 2022 10:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced the New York Power Authority board of trustees approved economic development awards to three companies that will create 79 new jobs and spur nearly $46 million in capital investments. The NYPA board awarded two Erie County businesses with low-cost hydropower allocations - generated at NYPA's Niagara Power Project in Lewiston - and one St. Lawrence County business with funding through the Northern New York Power Proceeds program.
FTC approves final order requiring Price Chopper and Tops Market Corp. to sell 12 stores as a condition of merger
Mon, Jan 24th 2022 02:55 pm
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that the merger of New York-based supermarket operators The Golub Corp., which owns the Price Chopper chain, and Tops Market Corp. would likely be anticompetitive in 11 local markets across upstate New York and Vermont.
Gas prices go up. Again.
Mon, Jan 24th 2022 01:45 pm
Monday's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.33, up 2 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.40. The New York state average is $3.50, up 2 cents from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.49.
Report: Hotels continue moving toward recovery in 2022
Mon, Jan 24th 2022 12:30 pm
The hotel industry will continue moving toward recovery in 2022, but the path will be uneven and potentially volatile, and full recovery is still several years away, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association's 2022 state of the hotel industry.
Higgins, Hochul applaud $154 million investment in GM Lockport Plant
Fri, Jan 21st 2022 12:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement in response to news General Motors (GM) will be investing $154 million in its Lockport plant:
Low inventory, high prices cap off 2021 New York housing market
Fri, Jan 21st 2022 10:30 am
Inventory of homes for sale remained low throughout the year and prices continued to rise in the Empire State in 2021, according to the housing report released by the New York State Association of REALTORS.
UB School of Management students offer free tax preparation services
Thu, Jan 13th 2022 04:45 pm
IRS-certified accounting students from the University at Buffalo School of Management will once again provide free tax preparation services to individuals and families with annual income below $57,000.
KeyBank survey: Pandemic drives Americans to pursue financial mobility & personal priorities
Wed, Jan 12th 2022 09:30 am
The KeyBank 2022 Financial Mobility Survey, released Wednesday, finds many Americans are reconsidering their work and financial priorities, with two-thirds (62%) of respondents indicating that work-life balance is more important to them than a high-paying salary (22%).
It's not too late: Utility payment programs remain available for income-qualified customers
Tue, Jan 11th 2022 07:10 pm
With the temperature dropping in recent days, National Grid is reminding its Western New York customers they can take advantage of energy saving programs to manage and pay their winter energy bills.
Broadband in NYS: Hochul announces up to $30/month discount with federal Affordable Connectivity Program
Mon, Jan 10th 2022 02:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced a multiagency initiative led by the New York State Department of Public Service to encourage eligible New Yorkers to sign up for the federal government's Affordable Connectivity Program, a newly launched program that provides discounts of up to $30 a month toward internet service for low-income families.
No relief at the pump as oil prices increase
Mon, Jan 10th 2022 11:15 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.30, up 1 cent from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.31. The New York state average is $3.48, down 1 cent from last week. A year ago, the New York state average was $2.39.
Obituary: Former NYPA Chairman Richard M. Flynn leaves lasting legacy
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 04:10 pm
Richard M. Flynn, the chairman and CEO of the New York Power Authority from 1985-94 - and a national leader in calling for greater competition in the electric power industry - has died at the age of 90.
DiNapoli urges New Yorkers to spend holiday gift cards
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 01:00 pm
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is urging New Yorkers to spend the gift cards they received this holiday season in a timely fashion. If not, the money could eventually get turned over to the Office of Unclaimed Funds. In the past seven years, the amount returned to DiNapoli's office in unused gift cards has risen sharply from $5.8 million in 2014 to $16 million in 2021.
AG James warns of cyberattacks targeting consumers reusing passwords for online accounts
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 10:05 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James issued a consumer alert warning New Yorkers of cyberattacks targeting consumers that use the same username and password (login credentials) on more than one website or app.
Delaware North to continue providing concessions & visitor services at Niagara Falls State Park
Thu, Jan 6th 2022 09:25 am
Delaware North will continue to operate concessions and visitor services at Niagara Falls State Park following a competitive request for proposals process.
Eric Feldstein named M&T Bank Western New York regional president
Wed, Jan 5th 2022 12:20 pm
Eric Feldstein has been named M&T Bank regional president of Western New York - the company's headquarter market and where it was founded 165 years ago - in addition to his role as head of business banking, beginning in March. Feldstein will transition the role from Shelley Drake, who is retiring after a 50-year career with the company.
UB Fast 46 seeks nominations of alumni-run businesses
Wed, Jan 5th 2022 12:20 pm
The University at Buffalo announced on Wednesday the second annual UB Fast 46 competition, open to alumni and former students who own or lead businesses.
Seneca Gaming Corporation hiring event set for Jan. 12
Mon, Jan 3rd 2022 01:30 pm
For anyone whose New Year resolution includes finding a new job, Seneca Gaming Corp. is making things easier and more fun than ever before. The corporation will hold a hiring event from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Hofbrauhaus Buffalo, 190 Scott St.
NYSAR: New York housing market remains strong entering holiday season
Wed, Dec 22nd 2021 07:00 am
As the holidays draw near, pending sales rose in November while sales prices have escalated now for 19 consecutive months across the Empire State, according to the housing report released today by the New York State Association of REALTORS.
AHLA applauds plans for additional H-2B visas
Tue, Dec 21st 2021 11:20 am
After the departments of Homeland Security and Labor announced plans to make available an additional 20,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for fiscal year 2022, American Hotel & Lodging Association President and CEO Chip Rogers released the following statement:
DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections up more than 17% in November
Mon, Dec 20th 2021 05:30 pm
Statewide local sales tax collections grew by 17.5% in November compared to the same month in 2020, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced. Overall, local collections totaled almost $1.6 billion, up $235 million from November of last year. Collections for the month were also notably robust when compared to prepandemic levels, up 9.2% (or $133 million) from November of 2019.
Ortt & Morinello recognize Voz Cycle City
Mon, Dec 20th 2021 11:20 am
Over the weekend, New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt and Assemblyman Angelo Morinello recognized Voz Cycle City as the "Small Business of the Month" for December.
Buffalo City Mission announces donation drive, $5,000 donation from Northtown
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 01:20 pm
The Buffalo City Mission on Friday announced a monthlong donation drive set up by Northtown Automotive Companies.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP provides tips for buying gift cards & gift certificates this holiday season
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 10:40 am
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) released tips to inform and empower New York consumers purchasing gift cards and gift certificates this holiday season. Gift cards are increasingly popular, so it is important for consumers to understand the pitfalls surrounding gift cards in order to avoid scams.
M&T Bank expands ATM service in New York in partnership with Delta Sonic
Thu, Dec 16th 2021 08:50 pm
M&T Bank continues to make investments in its branch and ATM network. On Thursday, the company announced it has added 20 ATMs to its network in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, and Erie, Pennsylvania, through a partnership with Delta Sonic, the region's largest automatic car wash and gas station chain. The new ATMs expand surcharge-free account access for M&T Bank customers.
Higgins leads push to support 'Buy American' provisions in new 'Bipartisan Infrastructure Law'
Thu, Dec 16th 2021 09:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is leading a push to maximize and expedite U.S. "Buy American" policies as the country prepares to rebuild thanks to the new Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Hochul: Minority and women-owned business enterprise utilization rate leads nation at 30.51%
Thu, Dec 16th 2021 09:55 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York state has surpassed its official utilization rate goal for minority-and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) on state contracts with 30.51% - the highest in the country - for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Additionally, more than $3 billion in state contracts were awarded to MWBE firms during the same time period, with more than $21 billion in state contracts awarded since 2011.
Wegmans increases investment in employee scholarship program
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 12:05 pm
Wegmans Food Markets announced it is increasing the annual award for recipients of the Wegmans Employee Scholarship. Applications for the 2022 scholarship award open in January to current part- and full-time Wegmans employees working in Wegmans stores, distribution centers and corporate offices.
State legislation in place to protect credit & gift card holders
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 11:45 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed a package of legislation to protect consumers from exploitative credit and gift card practices in New York. Legislation S.133-B/A.5698-B protects credit card holders by creating a grace period for the use of reward points after the closing of an account. Legislation S.3467-B/A.4629-C prohibits fees and expiration dates on gift cards and gift certificates.
National gas price average drops by 3 cents again this week
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 11:45 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.33, down 3 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.16. The New York state average is $3.52, down 2 cents from last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.26.
Warren's Village Hardware for sale
Fri, Dec 10th 2021 07:00 am
In Lewiston, the answer to "Who you gonna call" isn't Ghostbusters. It's Warren's.
Buffalo Bills & Sabres announce partnership extension with Seneca Gaming Corp.
Thu, Dec 9th 2021 03:30 pm
Pegula Sports & Entertainment announced a five-year partnership extension with Seneca Gaming Corp. as the "Exclusive and Official Casino Partner" of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. This extension is part of a decade-long history together, further solidifying the relationship into the future.
WEDI: Additional $1 million investment in new West Side Bazaar
Thu, Dec 9th 2021 03:30 pm
Carolynn Welch, executive director of the Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI), announced an additional $1 million in new gifts have been pledged to "Building Community, Building Opportunity, Building the New West Side Bazaar," its $7.5 million capital campaign. This round of funding puts the campaign at $4.5 million, well past the halfway mark of the $7.5 million campaign.
Christina P. Orsi named new president of The John R. Oishei Foundation
Mon, Dec 6th 2021 11:15 am
The board of directors of The John R. Oishei Foundation announced Christina P. Orsi will lead the region's most comprehensive private foundation. Named as the new president, Orsi will be the first woman to hold that title in the organization's history, succeeding Robert D. Gioia, who retires in January 2022 after 15 years of service.
Hochul signs package of legislation to support small businesses
Thu, Dec 2nd 2021 04:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a package of legislation to increase state agency support of small businesses in New York. Legislation S.033/A.3456 will create a small business liaison with the departments of Agriculture and Markets, Environmental Conservation, Labor, Transportation, and Taxation and Finance.
ESD announces application period now open for 5th round of $40 million Better Buffalo Fund
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 12:40 pm
Empire State Development announced the application period is open for round 5 of the $40 million Better Buffalo Fund, which is dedicated to projects that revitalize neighborhood commercial districts and encourage density and growth along transportation corridors.
Christmas spirit photo contest returns to CountryMax
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 09:20 am
Now through Christmas Eve, all CountryMax stores are hosting a holiday pet photo event. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their furry friends - in their favorite festive holiday outfits - for a photo with Santa.
#KeyBankAssists launches in Buffalo on #GivingTuesday to provide support for small businesses, nonprofits & families
Tue, Nov 30th 2021 04:50 pm
KeyBank said it is launching its #KeyBankAssists program, which supports small businesses, nonprofits and families in Buffalo, as well as across several communities the bank serves. So far, in response to the impact of COVID-19 on communities, the #KeyBankAssists program has provided more than $1 million through unique consumer and small business giveaways, as well as donations to front-line workers and local charities.
$1,000,000 patronage dividend paid to members of Western Division Federal Credit Union
Mon, Nov 29th 2021 03:20 pm
A patronage dividend of over $1,000,000 was paid to the members of Western Division the week of Thanksgiving. Since 2003, Western Division members have received more than $10,000,000 in patronage dividends.
Bear Bottom Wholesale taking over Scott's Furniture
Fri, Nov 26th 2021 07:00 am
Scott's Furniture, located at 4419 Military Road, has been purchased by Larry Bryer, owner of Bear Bottom Wholesale of Lockport. Bryer said he has been keeping an eye out for a second location and, when he came across Scott Furniture, it was just what he was looking for.

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