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On the Record: Oct. 6, 2016


Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed Scott Becker, a partner in the Kavinoky Cook LLP law firm, to the New York State Board of Real Property Tax Services. The five-member board determines final special franchise values and assessments, railroad ceilings and state equalization rates where a complaint is filed. The board also hears and determines reviews relating to determinations made by county equalization agencies and appeals from property owners pertaining to STAR eligibility. His eight-year term ends 2023.


Three Buffalo-based Hodgson Russ LLP attorneys have been honored as Lawyers of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America 2017. They are: Joseph L. Braccio, labor law – management; Kenneth P. Friedman for mergers and acquisitions law; and Peter C. Godfrey, employment law – management. Best Lawyers is based on an in-depth, peer-review survey in which attorneys cast votes on the legal abilities of lawyers outside their firm who practice in the same legal and geographic areas.

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Elderwood is now the presenting sponsor of the Buffalo Philharmonic’s Coffee Concert series. The series includes 11 events throughout the 2016-17 season, and takes place on Friday mornings. Complimentary coffee and doughnuts are available prior to a Classics or Pops concert.


Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Gibco completed an expansion of its Grand Island site to meet the demands of their biotechnology and pharmaceutical customers. The expansion is specific to its large volume liquid manufacturing capabilities.

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