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New car sales are down, Regional council meets, SEIU 1199 ratifies contract

From Business Today:


New car sales were down in the Buffalo Niagara region last month, but up for the year overall. Car sales declined 7 percent in July from 2010.  Local sales numbers were down to 4,462 from 4,797 a year ago, according to numbers reported by the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association. Overall, new car sales were up 3.4 percent this year from January through July, compared to the same period a year ago.


The public is getting its turn to have a say in local economic development. The Western New York Regional Economic Council is inviting public comment as it comes up with an economic plan for the region in an attempt to secure funds for local improvement.

Members of the five Western New York counties will be able to attend open forums being held next month and can make comments on the council's Web site.

The local council, comprised of 30 local members, met Tuesday at the University at Buffalo's north campus. 


Unionized workers at Gowanda Rehabilitation Nursing Center ratified a three-year contract Monday. The Service Employees International Union Local 1199, representing 125 employees at the nursing home, negotiated a contract calling for a 7 percent raise by June 2013 and increased pension contributions. It also preserves longevity bonuses.


Who is getting hired, promoted and honored?

Ace Frehley from KISS is back in the New York groove, playing for free tonight at the Hamburg fair:


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