State economic development agencies will encourage the reuse of existing buildings and already developed "brownfields" under a measure sponsored by Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, D-Kenmore, and signed by Gov. Pataki.
The "Smart Growth Law" modifies state economic development law, making reuse of land and buildings a policy goal.
"Too many times, industrial and commercial projects are simply sited on vacant land without consideration of the possibility of reusing or rehabilitating an existing site," said Schimminger, chairman of the Assembly Economic Development Committee. "This is not prudent use of either existing resources or open space."
The law serves as a general guideline for the state Department of Economic Development, Job Development Authority, Urban Development Corp., and for public benefit corporations with a development role. However, it doesn't set specific redevelopment targets or block developments on vacant land from receiving state help, Schimminger aide Sandra Marchione said.
Energy Dept. honors Dunkirk Radiator for high-tech boiler
A high-tech, energy-efficient boiler manufactured by Dunkirk Radiator Corp. was honored by the U.S. Department of Energy in its National Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Awards.
The Quantum Leap boiler -- developed by Dunkirk Radiator, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and leading state utilities -- received a special recognition citation.
The department's awards recognize energy-related measures that conserve natural resources while increasing public awareness of these efforts.
The Quantum Leap boiler provides more efficient heating, at lower cost, than any conventional boilers. It also greatly reduces emission of the chemicals that cause smog and acid rain.
Dunkirk Radiator has produced high-end boilers for commercial and residential use in Western New York since 1928.
Barrister offering new legal data base
Barrister Information Systems Corp. of Buffalo has entered an agreement with Cole Valley Software to offer the Legal Ease Marketing Data Base, an integrated marketing module of Barrister's Javelan Practice Management System.
Barrister selected Legal Ease for its wide range of features, system architecture and ease of integration into Javelan, a Windows-based, client/server time, billing and financial management system.
Henry Semmelhack, president of Barrister, said the agreement makes sense for Cole Valley and Barrister.
"We feel that we have selected the best marketing software available in the industry to complement the powerful Javelan time and financial management features," he said.
Legal Ease is an easy-to-use data base designed to enhance the capabilities and scope of law firm marketing programs.
Schofield to teach health-aide courses
Schofield Home Health Care Services Inc. recently received approval from the New York State Department of Health to offer home health aide and personal care aide training programs.
The organization's own aides will be trained in the classes, and applications to enroll are being accepted from others interested in a career in health care.
For more information on the training classes, call Karen Berhalter, employment manager, at 873-7800 ext. 401.
Schofield Home Health Care Services, at 2757 Elmwood Ave. in Kenmore, is a not-for-profit organization that employs registered nurses, home health aides, personal care aides and housekeepers.
China Cafe opens in Broadway Market
The China Cafe has opened in the Broadway Market, 999 Broadway.
The new restaurant features a variety of unusual offerings including steamed dough baozi, sweet rice buns with peanuts, sesame balls, shrimp dumplings and turnip cake. It is located in the center of the market near the Gibson Street entrance.
New Amherst Urology office
Amherst Urology P.C. has opened a new office in the Northwoods Medical Building at 3950 E. Robinson Road in West Amherst. The group also has offices in Williamsville, Lockport and Buffalo.