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Robert G. Wilmers was much more than the Buffalo Niagara region's biggest banker. Wilmers, who died unexpectedly Saturday night, was a unifying force for the region's business community at a time when it was scattered and weakened by self-interest. As chairman and CEO of M&T Bank, Wilmers, 83, was one of the first to see the potential in the Buffalo Niagara regio…

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The last-minute Christmas shipping deadlines are here. More people are shopping online this year than ever before – even more than last year, when the underestimated glut of last-minute purchases threw the shipping industry into the lurch and left some gift givers empty handed on the big day. Delivery companies have already begun warning about shipping delays. UPS, w…

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The Panera Bread on Transit Road in East Amherst is planning to install a drive-thru window, according to documents filed with the Amherst Building Department. The nationwide seller of baked goods, coffee, sandwiches and soup would add the drive-through to its location at 8200 Transit Road, just north of Maple Road. Bohler Engineering, on behalf of Panera Bread, is s…

As word of the sudden death of Robert G. Wilmers reached into the community, words of praise flowed in from those who knew and worked with him: "While many will remember Bob Wilmers for his unparalleled skill in business, I will always remember him for his wonderful generosity and his love for Buffalo and WNY. Mr. Wilmers has been a tremendous asset to our community a…

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The death of M&T Bank chairman and CEO Robert G. Wilmers on Saturday leaves a leadership gap at a bank that was already coping with the loss of a prominent executive earlier this year. In February, M&T president and chief operating officer Mark J. Czarnecki died after a battle with cancer. Rather than name a new president to succeed him, the bank divided Czarnec…

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It's not every day that the Oracle of Omaha invests in your company. In the case of M&T Bank Corp., it was 1990, and the Buffalo-based bank had the opportunity of a lifetime: the two dominant financial institutions in Buffalo, Empire of America and Goldome, had been seized by federal regulators during the savings & loan crisis. Now the regulators were looking fo…

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Earlier in the Buffalo Bills’ season, a popular tailgating lot along Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park was for sale. The property, at the corner of California Road and just a couple minutes’ walk from New Era Field, had been on the market for $375,000. On Sunday, half-buried in the snow, a sign indicated that the property has been sold. Thomas J. Johnson Realty,…

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M&T Bank on Sunday issued this press release regarding the death of its chairman and chief executive officer, Robert G. Wilmers. BUFFALO, N.Y. — With deep sadness, M&T Bank Corporation (NYSE:MTB)("M&T") announced that Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert G. Wilmers died suddenly and unexpectedly at home late last night.  He was 83. In accordance wi…

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Robert G. Wilmers, the longtime chairman and chief executive officer who drove M&T Bank Corp.'s growth from a small local bank into one of the nation's biggest financial institutions, died unexpectedly late Saturday night. Wilmers, 83, died at his home in New York City, said M&T spokesman C. Michael Zabel. His wife of 20 years, Elisabeth Roche Wilmers, was by hi…

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The U.S. residential solar market has a Tesla problem. After more than a decade of double-digit growth, the nation is expected to install fewer rooftop solar systems on homes during 2017, according to a new report by GTM Research. And Tesla, the electric vehicle maker that is ramping up a mammoth solar panel factory in South Buffalo, is the biggest reason behind the …

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WASHINGTON – The historic rehabilitation tax credit – the spark behind the renovation of dozens of buildings in Buffalo in recent years – and several other key tax breaks for development survived in the final version of a tax reform bill likely to pass Congress this week. The historic tax credit, the New Markets tax credit and some key bond financing tax breaks all had …

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Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Erie County clerk’s office for the week ending Nov. 10, 2017. ALDEN • 1847 Lafayette, Geraldine Hartman to Jonathan Nagowski; Susan Nagowski, $150,000. AMHERST • 6 White Pine Court, Daryl C. Dunston; Daryl Dunston; Timothy R. Lovallo to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company Tr; Soundview …

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What do you get the Bills fan who has everything? Why, more Bills stuff, of course. And there are more choices for Buffalo Bills-themed gifts than just caps and hoodies. SSR Creations out of Fresno, Calif., for example, sells toilet paper bearing the Bills logo,  wrapped in festive cellophane with red and blue ribbon ($8). If you wouldn't dare disrespect your team in…

Valu Home Centers Thursday presented the Salvation Army with a check for $50,320 as part of the store's annual holiday fundraising drive. The donation brings Valu’s 16-year fundraising total to more than $760,000, according to Doug Wasiura, vice president of marketing and development for the hardware store chain. The funds collected are intended to support the Salvat…

The former South Shore Golf Club, a 155-acre parcel at the corner of Southwestern Boulevard and Camp Road in Hamburg where residential, retail and office development is planned, has been sold. South Shore Community LLC bought the property at 5076 Southwestern Blvd. for $4 million. South Shore is working with David Homes, which is planning the new urbanism development, w…