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On the Record / September 11, 2009

>Hires/Promotions/Honors

Key Private Bank named Laureen A. Syta assistant vice president and financial planner for the Western New York District.

Brown and Kelly partner Nicole Palmerton recently spoke on "Nuts and Bolts of the New CMS Reporting Requirements" at the 51st Finger Lakes Area June Insurance Conference in Auburn.

Kirisits and Associates, Buffalo certified professional accountants, named Robert Nuding an accounts payable specialist. Nuding is a graduate of the University at Buffalo.

Phillips Lytle partner James R. Grasso recently authored an article titled "New York Employment Law Update" for the spring 2009 issue of the New York Business Law Journal, a publication of the Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

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>Company items

Strock Contracting, Buffalo, was awarded a $99,745 federal contract for the maintenance, repair and alteration of real property from the U.S. Army Materiel Command, Watervliet.

Roberts Shackleton and Boy, Cheektowaga, was awarded a $38,967 federal contract for architectural and engineering services under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Western New York Health Care System, Buffalo.

Global Defense, Sanborn, was awarded a $84,279 federal contract for housing accessories from the Defense Logistics Agency's Defense Supply Center, Columbus, Ohio.

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Buffalo, was awarded a federal contract valued at up to $3,000,000 for CIDER software maintenance and enhancements from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Buffalo Computer Graphics, Blasdell, was awarded a $95,869 federal contract for the upgrade and maintenance of radar simulators from the U.S. Coast Guard, Portsmouth, Va.

Merchants Mutual Insurance Co., Merchants Preferred Insurance Co. and Merchants National Insurance Co., the three companies that comprise Merchants Insurance Group, earned "A-" (excellent) rating from the A.M. Best Company based on strengthened capitalization, improved operating results, solid regional presence and strong relationships with its agency force. The A. M. Best Company is a credit-ranking organization for the insurance industry, rating organizations annually.

Genesee Community College was the only community college in the State University of New York system included in the Great Colleges to Work For list by Modern Think, a national research firm, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, a higher education professional periodical.

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>Patents

Title: "Method and apparatus for increasing effective contrast radio and brightness yields for digital light valve image projectors"

No.: 7,575,330

Inventors: Allen, Eddie E (Street, Md.); Strade, Thomas D. (Orchard Park); Coley, Christopher (Morgan Hill, Calif.)

Assignee: Allen Video Technology (Street, Md.)

Date issued: Aug. 18, 2009

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Title: "Air bag apparatus"

No.: 7,574,755

Inventors: Alston, Lester (Buffalo)

Date issued: Aug. 18, 2009

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