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Todd Morgan, son of Rochester real estate developer Robert C. Morgan, pleaded not guilty Thursday morning in federal court in Buffalo to charges of bank and wire fraud following an indictment earlier in the week. Morgan, a project manager at Pittsford-based Morgan Management and Morgan Communities, barely spoke during the half-hour proceeding before U.S. Magistrate Judg…

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CarMax plans to open a used-car superstore in Amherst late this year or early next year. A schedule of the Virginia-based chain's openings says the Amherst store will debut sometime between December and the end of February 2019. CarMax's plans for opening a store on Niagara Falls Boulevard, just north of the Youngmann Memorial Highway interchange, surfaced about thre…

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A house on 12th Street in Niagara Falls, owned by M&T Bank after a mortgage foreclosure, will be added to the city-owned homes available in the city's June 19 Home Ownership Auction. The bank announced its participation in the auction Wednesday. “This is the first time that a former zombie property will be put through a municipal home ownership auction in New Yor…

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Buffalo's downtown housing market is growing at a healthy rate, but the city must keep the momentum going by maintaining incentives that spur more development. Those were some conclusions of a study commissioned by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership with support from the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. The study said downtown produced 262 new housing units in 2017, just…

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Noco Energy Corp. wants to build a car wash on the site of a former Getty gas station in Amherst across from the Erie Community College North Campus. The property at 6164 Main St. is one of three parcels at the northeast corner of Main and Youngs Road that Noco would build on, said Ellen Kost, Amherst's assistant planning director. The former Getty gas station proper…

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Let me save you a shopping trip: Bon-Ton’s liquidation sales are total bunk. I mean, if you want to walk through the stores for old times' sake and reminisce about buying quilts with your nan at AM&As, go for it. But if you’re looking for deals, don’t bother. You would be better off shopping almost anywhere else. Where shall we begin? How about the Calvin Klei…

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Filing for bankruptcy didn't cure Tops Markets' financial challenges. The supermarket chain, which is trying to restructure its operations to ease a stifling debt burden, reported a loss of nearly $2 million from its operations during its first month after filing for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in February. New financial statements filed by Tops with the U…

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Multisorb Technologies has been acquired by a Chicago-based filtration products manufacturer. Multisorb, which has more than 450 employees across five facilities in the United States and India, was acquired a little more than three years after its two top executives and private equity firm Summer Street Capital purchased the West Seneca packaging technology company from…

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Staged apartments. Fake loans and leases. And a woman who pretended she was a tenant but couldn't let inspectors into a bedroom because her boyfriend was "sleeping" there. The fraud charges leveled Tuesday against two Buffalo commercial mortgage brokers and two relatives of Rochester apartment mogul Robert Morgan shined a bright light on the underbelly of the murky worl…

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The New York Academy of Trial Lawyers, a statewide advocacy association comprised of plaintiff and defense attorneys and others in the legal profession, elected Buffalo trial lawyer Francis M. Letro as president of the Academy. Letro is a sole practitioner of the law firm Francis M. Letro, Attorneys at Law.

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AAA Western and Central New York welcomed Dottie Gallagher-Cohen to its Board of Directors. Gallagher-Cohen is president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. In her post, she leads all aspects of the Partnership’s mission to increase private investment and build jobs in the Buffalo Niagara region.

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TOPS Friendly Markets announced that East Aurora associate Emily Rogers was recognized by the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce at their recent Chamber Choice Awards Dinner. The Chamber recognizes students contributions to their schools, communities, and many other diverse areas.

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Arc Building Partners announces the appointment of Dwayne Fleming as vice president of operations. With 32 years in the construction profession, Fleming helps establish schedules and budgets, clarify any design issues, and develop successful phasing plans. He also oversees and sequences all owner’s meetings and field activities.

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Employer Services Corporation, a leading Professional Employer Organization headquartered in Amherst, announced Mary Ward has joined the company as an HR Consultant. Ward’s experience includes talent acquisition and retention, performance management, employee relations, compliance, training and development, and succession planning.