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Those threatening phone calls

   Making absolutely no judgment as to whether the below referenced lawsuit has merit - there is just something karmic about debt collectors, and those who work for them, being afraid to answer the phone or open the mail:
- Cuomo accuses attorney of fraud - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News
   Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo [right] is suing a Williamsville attorney for fraudulently allowing a debt Cuomo collection firm to use his name to intimidate consumers when the attorney supposedly did no actual work for the collection agency, the state said.
   Cuomo’s office sued John P. Nicolia on Thursday, accusing him of “fraudulent, deceptive and illegal business practices” for selling the use of his name and his law firm’s name to Eastern Asset Management LLC.
   From the A.G. press release:
- Cuomo urges consumers to visit www.NYDebtHelp.com to learn their rights. The site allows victims of debt collection and debt settlement companies quick access to the Attorney General’s office to file complaints, and outlines the stages of the Attorney General’s investigation.

   In other Business Today news:
- Astronics views 2010 sales cautiously - Matt Glynn/The Buffalo News
   The president and chief executive officer said the East Aurora aircraft lighting and electronics manufacturer is standing by its projection, issued three months ago, of annual sales between $170 million and $190 million. Last year, Astronics racked up a record-high $191.2 million in sales.
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After losses, Gibraltar expects profits for quarter, year, Lipke says - George Pyle/The Buffalo News
   Brian J. Lipke sees better days ahead for Gibraltar Industries, the Hamburg building products maker that is coming off a $52 million loss last year.
- Comptroller presses IDA reforms - Matt Glynn/The Buffalo News
   Industrial development agencies in the state need to make more improvements in how they track and verify job creation and retention, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said.
   DiNapoli on Thursday released his third annual report analyzing the performance of IDAs. The latest edition analyzed data for 2008.
 - Despite gulf disaster, local seafood stable - Joseph Popiolkowski/The Buffalo News
   The oil spill disaster wreaking environmental havoc in the Gulf of Mexico is likely to have a devastating impact on that area’s fishing industry.
   But a survey of seafood merchants in Western New York suggests that it won’t change menus or recipes here — at least in the short term
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- George Pyle/The Buffalo News

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