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A week ago, employees of the JPMorgan Chase call center in Albion were coping with the dismal news that the center would close in September.While the 413-job center is still closing, the employees’ prospects of finding new jobs now appear brighter.AMS Servicing in Depew is taking an active interest in recruiting from the call center’s workforce. JPMorgan Chase says AMS is …

ALBANY – With the rhetoric getting ugly in the casino revenue-sharing dispute between the state of New York and the Seneca Nation of Indians, the two men at the center of the feud sat at a table last month in a 38th-floor office in a Manhattan skyscraper.“There was tension. There had to be,” said Seneca President Barry Snyder Sr., describing the 90-minute meeting he had w…

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Investor Jeff Chokel keeps looking for signs that Cleveland BioLabs is poised to turn its promise into profits.And after owning the Buffalo life sciences company’s stock for nearly seven years – adding to his holdings along the way – Chokel is growing frustrated over the company’s stock price, now hovering just above its seven-year low, and the long delays Cleveland BioLab…

Alexander Woods’ homework began even before his son Liam was born 17 months ago.He studied his health insurance policy and got a pleasant surprise.The costs of prenatal care, the baby’s delivery, and postnatal care for both his son and wife were actually less expensive than he’d expected, thanks to insurance.Because he took the time to research the family’s options, they w…

Hires/Promotions/HonorsKaren Peissinger of Watts Architecture & Engineering has been designated a registered professional industrial hygienist by the Association of Professional Industrial Hygienists....Jessica Boudreau of Greenman-Pedersen has successfully fulfilled the state requirements for licensing as a professional engineer. Boudreau holds a bachelor’s degree from th…

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No, it's not your imagination. Anyone walking or driving through downtown Buffalo near the waterfront might have rubbed their eyes to see if they were being misled Friday morning. But the sight that beheld them was quite real. On the southeastern corner of the Webster Block, where the Sabres are building their HarborCenter project, stood the tallest bright yellow cra…

A proposal to convert a four-unit apartment building on the West Side to a retail store with three apartments and to convert a multi-family apartment house into a rooming house on West Ferry are among 13 requests coming to the Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals. According to the agenda for the 2 p.m. meeting on Wednesday, June 19, the board will consider, among others: *A pla…

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Well-known Buffalo chef Mike Andrzejewski will launch his newest restaurant on Monday, in partnership with prominent developer Rocco Termini, as Tappo Restaurant opens its doors at 338 Ellicott St., between Huron and Mohawk streets.The new Italian restaurant is in the 4,400-square-foot former Horton Coffee Co. building. The historic single-story building, constructed in 19…

National Fuel Gas Co. is raising its dividend by 2.7 percent, making it 43 straight years that the Amherst-based energy company has increased its payments to shareholders. National Fuel said Thursday it increased its quarterly dividend by a penny per share to 37.5 cents from its old rate of 36.5 cents per share. The increased dividend will be payable July 15 to shareholder…

LOCKPORT – Gooding Co., Lockport’s oldest industrial firm, won a 15-year tax break from the Town of Lockport Industrial Development Agency on Thursday, despite the opposition of two members who said an established firm like Gooding doesn’t need the town’s help.The Davison Road company, a printing plant that specializes in inserts for prescription drugs, plans to add six to…

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Buffalo-area car sales stayed on their upward track in May.Sales at franchised-new car dealers who disclosed their sales – Chevrolet does not – reported a 4 percent increase from a year ago, to 4,998 units, according to Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association. For the first five months of 2013, sales were up 8 percent from the same period in 2012, to 23,112 units.M…

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Cherie Lias first turned to the University at Buffalo’s Educational Opportunity Center in 1995 to prepare for the GED exam, and she returned for the registered medical assistant program last fall after being out of work for four years.The Buffalo resident can’t say enough about the value of the center’s career-boosting programs, but she readily admits that its longtime hom…

Hires/Promotions/HonorsGreenman-Pedersen appointed Ronald F. Foley a municipal and parks and recreation liaison in its Buffalo and Babylon offices. Foley recently retired as regional director of the Long Island Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.... Stella Niagara Center of Renewal executive director Nancy P. Askins received …

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Is nothing sacred? Scam artists on Facebook are impersonating popular religious leaders in order to solicit "donations," according to the Better Business Bureau. The scammers put up a fake profile with the name and picture of a famous preacher and write posts about the importance of giving to charity, along with a handy link to the charity he or she supposedly …

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Time Warner Cable is considering locating a new regional call center at the former Sheehan Memorial Hospital building east of downtown Buffalo, bringing as many as 250 to 300 jobs, according to politicians and other sources familiar with the situation.The communications giant has been exploring possible sites along the East Coast for a new call center for its Time Warner B…