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On the Record / April 1, 2016


Alden State Bank promoted Shawn Gillen to banking officer. Gillen graduated from Daemen College with a bachelor’s degree.


The Canisius College board of trustees appointed Mark J. Czarnecki to its 33-member board. Czarnecki will serve a three-year term. Czarnecki is president and chief operating officer of M&T Bank.


Lumsden McCormick promoted Amina Diallo and Brittany Smith to senior accountants in the audit department. Most recently Diallo, a CPA, worked as a Transactional Tax auditor for the state Department of Taxation and Finance while earning her MBA from Niagara University. She earned her undergraduate degree from Medaille College. Smith, also a CPA, graduated from St. Bonaventure University with an MBA and bachelor’s degree.

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Independent Health and Shared Mobility are teaming up to bring a new bike-share program to Buffalo this summer. The program, to be known as “Reddy Bikeshare,” will begin operation this summer with 200 GPS-equipped bicycles manufactured by Social Bicycles featuring built-in solar panels, to be located at numerous hubs throughout Buffalo.


Crowley Webb was recently awarded a silver Educational Advertising Award in recognition of its work on the Monroe Community College website. The comprehensive website redesign included a revamped sitemap, user-customized content development and strategy, restructured HTML templates and more. The Educational Advertising Awards is sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report. The agency was also recognized by the Educational Advertising Awards for work on the MCC Spring Recruitment Campaign.


The First Niagara Foundation provided a $100,000 grant to the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology to support programs that provide training opportunities for unemployed and underemployed adults in Buffalo. The programs are designed for those looking to find jobs in the health care industry.


Title: Electronic cigarette casing

No.: D752,282 through D752-286

Inventors: Doster, Gary (Orchard Park)

Assignee: Paradise Packaging Inc. (Orchard Park)

Date issued: March 22, 2016


Title: Traffic control agency deployment and signal optimization for event planning

No.: 9,293,038

Inventors: Hampapur, Arun (Norwalk, Conn.), He, Qing (East Amherst), Liu, Xuan (Yorktown Heights), Xing, Songhua (Staten Island)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk)

Date issued: March 22, 2016