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Not content with its new six-story medical office building and the renovation of Our Lady of Lourdes Church near downtown Buffalo, Ellicott Development Co. is now planning a nine-story building on a surface parking lot next door. The $30 million project at 1091 Main St. calls for a parking structure for 431 vehicles, plus a 104-room extended-stay hotel and 12,000 square…

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Amazon has been scouting locations for at least one new distribution facility in the Buffalo Niagara region, two sources have told The Buffalo News. Representatives for the online retailer for months have looked at locations throughout the region, from Niagara County to Lackawanna, and in recent months have had detailed discussions about two locations in Grand Island an…

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An upcoming coding "hackathon" will offer a total prize package of $14,500. Code:Buffalo is scheduled for June 14 to 16. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Professionals and students who have at least basic coding skills are invited to attend. The first-place prize is $10,000. The second-place entrant will receive $3,000, and thir…

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S&T Bank has opened its first loan production office in the region, in the Brisbane Building, at 403 Main St. in Buffalo. The new office bolsters the Indiana, Pa.-based bank's local presence. S&T has served the Buffalo area from a Rochester loan production office that opened four years ago. S&T Bank has not committed to opening any branches in the Buffalo…

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Do you have pictures that show Buffalo at its best? Share them on Instagram and you could win a prize valued at $5,000. Visit Buffalo Niagara, the regional tourism bureau that is running the contest, has amassed prizes from more than 50 restaurants, retailers and attractions for the winner. They will receive $716 worth of gift certificates to stores at Walden Galleria, …

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Olin “Buddy” Campbell Jr. got introduced to the YMCA six decades ago, in a way still common today. He learned to swim there as a child. His introduction to work life at the Y was another matter. “When I turned 16, my parents gave me a month to get a job,” he said. He missed the deadline, so his mom found him work as busboy, a gig he hated so much that he turned…

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New Coke is having a moment. Yes, seriously. The Netflix series "Stranger Things" is set in 1985, the same year New Coke hit shelves (and became a punchline because consumers hated it so much). The drink will be featured in certain episodes this season, and Coca-Cola will cross-market it with a limited release of the new, old New Coke using the original recipe. Do…

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Maid of the Mist will open its 2019 season at 9 a.m. today, with boats departing every 15 minutes for close-up views of the base of Niagara Falls. “As one of North America’s longest running tourist attractions, we are looking forward to once again welcoming guests from around the world,” said Christopher M. Glynn, president of Maid of the Mist Corp. Maid of the Mist …

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Tops Markets CEO Frank Curci is upbeat about the supermarket chain's future, despite the challenges that remain after the company emerged from bankruptcy last November. "We're getting back up on our feet," Curci said. "Business is going good, the company's doing well. And we're back doing all the things that we should be doing." Though Tops' bankruptcy reorganization…

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Gretchen Fierle has always been a leader. The Bard College graduate served until 2015 as the senior vice president of marketing and communications at Health Now New York, better known as BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, and was vice president of communications and community relations for more than three years before that at Independent Health. She also recen…

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The U.S. Attorney's Office wants to seize two Buffalo apartment complexes as part of its criminal case against Rochester developer Robert C. Morgan and three other defendants. The Securities and Exchange Commission wants to freeze Morgan's assets — including an investment fund that holds a loan for Morgan's interest in a redevelopment project at Gates Circle. One com…

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A Conewango Valley man who helped defraud more than 100 small business owners out of $397,249 through a debt restructuring scheme was sentenced Thursday to time served in prison, which equaled 9 months. Prosecutors wanted U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to send Mark Farnham to prison for 27 months. Farnham, 26, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank …

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Rand Capital Corp. shareholders approved selling a majority stake in the Buffalo venture capital firm to Terry and Kim Pegula. As a result, the Pegulas will own a 57% stake in Rand through their East Asset Management business. The deal is expected to close in the second half of the year. "We are pleased that shareholders confirmed their support for management to adva…

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A 114-count federal indictment unsealed Wednesday against Robert Morgan, Michael Tremiti, Todd Morgan and Frank Giacobbe alleges crimes were committed from 2007 through 2019 involving $285.65 million in mortgage loans in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse areas, as well as in Pennsylvania and Indiana. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and fine of more …