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Fiserv has agreed to sell a majority stake in a part of its business that includes an Amherst operation. Wisconsin-based Fiserv will sell a 55 percent share in its lending solutions business to a private equity firm, Warburg Pincus, for about $395 million in after-tax net proceeds. Fiserv will retain a 45 percent share in the business. The deal is expected to close in t…

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Citigroup is a major local employer, with about 1,900 workers at its complex in Getzville. But without a branch network in the region, Citi is not as visible as some other banks serving the region. Anthony Vazquez would like to change that. Vazquez, the site head at Citi's facility in CrossPoint Business Park, wants to raise awareness of the company's presence throug…

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Hawks down state-ranked Mercy The last time Cardinal O'Hara faced state-ranked Our Lady of Mercy of Rochester, foul trouble doomed the Hawks in the girls basketball nonleaguer played in the heart of Section V. Things were different Thursday night in Tonawanda. Eight different players scored for Cardinal O'Hara with guard Angel Parker pouring in a team-high 14 to g…

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A psychology practice that specializes in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders has relocated its growing office to Uniland Development Corp.'s Sheridan Meadows South campus. Primary Counseling Services, owned by clinical therapists Elizabeth Borenzweig and Kathy Maiorana, will begin seeing patients Thursday at its new location at 6225 Sheridan Drive in Amhe…

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Citi doesn’t have any bank branches in the Buffalo Niagara region. Neither does HSBC Bank USA. But both companies are still major employers in the region. So is Geico, and Strategic Financial Solutions aspires to join their ranks as a big-time job generator. The region has attracted a number of employers with large numbers of what are broadly referred to as back-offi…

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Tracy Waring wasn't going. It was impossible. There was no way to run the race. She couldn't imagine finishing it without Devin, her oldest son. Her brothers, all part of the Matre family, helped found Sunday's Penguin Run/Waddle in Amherst. It started in 1995 almost as a joke, a sort of eureka moment from a few friends who weren't runners in any serious way. They hu…

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Defending state Division I champion Williamsville North obviously knows what it feels like to be truly No. 1. That's why being ranked first in the state in January means little to the Spartans and longtime coach Bob Rosen, who has guided the program to five state championships since its inception in 1990. There are still plenty of games on the docket, including those ev…

United Auto Workers Region 9, which is based in Amherst, will choose a new director, after Terry Dittes was named a UAW vice president. Dittes had served as regional director since 2014, overseeing a territory that covers Western and Central New York, New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania. A vote on a new Region 9 director, by representatives of locals that make up t…

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Six of the 15 sectional champions from last year were underclassmen, with most competing at the lighter weight classes. Last year’s champions from 145 pounds and up all graduated. While there are quite a few opportunities for newcomers, many of last year’s winners have changed weight classes. That includes Lancaster sophomore Ryan Stencel, the top-ranked D-I wrestler…

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Northtown Automotive Cos. has acquired Zeigler Honda Amherst, adding another brand to Northtown's lineup. The deal also ends Zeigler Automotive Group's presence in the region. While Zeigler is one of the nation's largest dealer groups, it didn't expand here beyond owning its Honda dealership over the past several years. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deale…

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One nickname's roots can be traced back to a joke between teammates, while the other appears to have been born from a statistician's shorthand. Regardless of their origins, there's no denying that the acronyms FLOP and CASH have become as much a part of the Western New York Girls Hockey Federation as the players and late afternoon games. CASH has the jerseys to prove it…

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PHH Mortgage Corp. agreed to a $45 million settlement to resolve allegations of improperly servicing loans from 2009 to 2012. The New Jersey-based mortgage lender and servicer reached the agreement with 49 states, Washington, D.C., and 45 state mortgage regulators, according to state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. PHH has drastically cut its employment in the…

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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has added to its real estate holdings at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The NFTA late last month acquired the former site of an auto repair shop located right next to the airport, after the owner of the longtime business closed down late last year. The agency paid $850,000 to Jeffrey D. Wetzel for the one-acre pr…

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One of Buffalo's most popular pizza places may add a brewery to its operation. The owners of Santora's Pizza Pub & Grill bought a former Doodle Bugs daycare center at 7790 Transit Road, next door to one of the two existing locations for the restaurant. Acting through Santora's Phase II LLC, they paid $700,000 to Albert Bluemle's One Fusion LLC, which has owned it si…

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OP girls top East Aurora No. 3 large school Orchard Park girls basketball handed No. 6 East Aurora its first loss of the season, defeating the Blue Devils, 46-33, in the final of the Orchard Park Tournament. Quakers coach Gary Janas said he prepared entirely new schemes in an effort to surprise East Aurora coach Mike Fronckowiak. Orchard Park switched to a five-playe…