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The state Board for Historic Preservation has recommended adding four Western New York properties to both the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Recommended were: Ingleside Home in Buffalo, a 1929 Colonial Revival building where social and psychological counseling services and health care was provided to women until 1976. Niagara Machine & Tool…

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A cashier at a Rite Aid Pharmacy on Buffalo's East Side apparently foiled an attempted armed robbery Sunday morning — just by asking for the manager. At about 11:20 a.m., an unknown individual displaying what appeared to be a black handgun ordered the cashier to keep the cash register drawer open. Instead, the cashier refused and called for the manager, at which point t…

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An unknown man suggesting he had a gun threatened a cashier and robbed a Gulf gas station and food mart on Ontario Street late Sunday evening, Buffalo police said. The man entered the store at 595 Ontario at about 8:40 p.m., and confronted the cashier by saying, "You are lucky you don't get shot today." Video footage from the store showed the suspect with his hand in hi…

Crime

Two unknown men robbed an East Side cellphone store Sunday night, taking three phones and an undetermined amount of cash before leaving, according to Buffalo police. The men entered the Metro PCS store at 219 Genesee St. at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday, and one of them tried unsuccessfully to take an iPhone from the display. He then went behind the counter, ordered an emp…

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A 28-year-old Buffalo motorist was charged with second-degree assault after he struck a police car and then tried to flee, police said. Andrew B. Goldsmith of Spring Street ran south on Elmwood Avenue after hitting the police vehicle at 615 West Ferry St., at 11:54 a.m. Saturday, police said. He was caught near 654 Elmwood, but broke the glass on the south-facing door o…

Business

In elevating Rene F. Jones to succeed Robert G. Wilmers as its new chairman and CEO, M&T Bank Corp. didn't just make a safe and familiar choice. It also delighted and relieved Wall Street, which revels in predictability and hates surprises. "If you would have polled everybody on Wall Street and said who would you most like to see as the next CEO of this bank, the…

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NEW YORK CITY — For all the accolades showered on the late Robert G. Wilmers for his business accomplishments and generosity, Christopher Wilmers knew him as someone else: Dad. The younger Wilmers recalled a father who indulged the shifting interests of his childhood, took a practical approach to life, and was devoted to his family. "What a dad he was," Christopher W…

A downstate human resources outsourcing firm with an office in Buffalo has relocated its Western New York Division office to Williamsville because it needed more space to accommodate its growth. The move by Alcott HR of Farmingdale, N.Y., to 1780 Wehrle Drive marks the second relocation in less than six years for the local office of the Farmingdale, N.Y.-based firm, whi…

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M&T Bank Corp.'s newly named leaders: Rene F. Jones, chairman and CEO Jones followed an M&T management training program to the peak of the organization. Jones, 53, joined M&T in 1992 as part of its Executive Associate program. That program recruits promising leaders with MBAs and some professional experience. He had earned a bachelor's degree in man…

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The brothers who own a pair of Olean-based contractors have acquired the former Orchard Park offices and training center for the local plumbers union, trading leased space for a building they now own. Mike and Dan DeRose paid $616,000 a week ago to buy the 16,700-square-foot building at 3651 California Drive from the United Association Plumbers & Steamfitters Local …

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The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. will borrow 50 percent more from a lender than it had originally planned for its renovation of a Northland Avenue manufacturing building as part of a state-supported, light-industrial hub. BUDC is converting the 242,000-square-foot complex at 683 Northland into the central piece of the Buffalo Billion-funded project, designed to draw …

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M&T will likely maintain the steady approach Robert G. Wilmers ingrained in the bank, as the bank faces a future without him. That was the view of some analysts following the death of the bank's longtime chairman and CEO on Saturday. "I don't assume that there's going to be any major change or adjustment in their policies, given the fact the three vice chairmen h…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra now has its new administrative home. Developer John Yurtchuk completed his $2 million purchase of the historic Clement Mansion on Delaware Avenue from the Buffalo chapter of the American Red Cross last week. The BPO will now occupy part of the 17,000-square-foot building for its offices, but will lease back the rest of the space to …

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Developer Rocco Termini, who has been working to transform an area of North Buffalo into a new commercial and residential zone, has acquired two more Black Rock properties on Chandler Street to add to his growing portfolio, after a previous plan for renovation fell through. Termini, through a pair of aptly named limited-liability companies, acquired 27 and 37 Chandler f…

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Western New York is on track for the second-best year on record for home sales, as prices and transaction volume continue to hit at or near their peaks. But the new federal tax reform legislation could put a damper on that in the future. With just a few weeks to go in the year, the level of home sales activity is already poised to surpass that of 2015, and in some ca…