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When Jody Lomeo steps down as the Kaleida Health CEO at the end of this year, his successor will face plenty of challenges. The hospital group in 2019 ran its first operating deficit in six years, squeezed like all hospital groups — including its rival, Catholic Health System — by declining insurance reimbursement rates. Kaleida hopes to break even this year as it la…

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Shoppers in New York no longer receive single-use plastic bags when checking out at Wegmans stores. The grocery chain stopped giving them out Jan. 27  in anticipation of a statewide ban that will take effect March 1. What now? Readers have lots of questions. Here are some answers. From Kimberly Abram: What is Wegmans doing with all those branded plastic bags? I’m …

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One of reality television's next stars was announced Tuesday night: The Village of Fredonia. Fredonia beat out four other small towns across the United States to earn the leading role in the fifth season of the reality show "Small Business Revolution." The announcement was made in a livestream broadcast Tuesday night as hundreds packed the 1891 Fredonia Opera House t…

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Coming soon to the Northland campus: The return of the furnaces. But these will be advanced versions, clean and high-tech, and they're viewed as part of Buffalo's future, not its past. A Northern California company that makes specialized furnaces to melt titanium and titanium alloy is relocating virtually its entire operation – including its corporate headquarters – …

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When Jody Lomeo came to Kaleida Health six years ago, the hospital group was in trouble. Kaleida had lost $15 million in 2013. Smaller hospitals in outlying areas were linking up with competing hospital networks, cutting into its market share. His predecessor, James Kaskie, had been fired. So Lomeo faced an uphill fight when Kaleida's board in January 2014 snatched L…

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Jody L. Lomeo announced Tuesday that he plans to step down as CEO of Kaleida Health, the region's largest hospital system and its largest private employer, at the end of this year. Here's a list of highlights from Lomeo's tenure as CEO since he took the post in 2014. June 2014: Kaleida fires two top administrators at its HighPointe on Michigan nursing home and promises …

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Aurubis Buffalo has cut nearly 20% of nonunion positions at its North Buffalo brass and rolling mill as it aims to lower costs to become more competitive against industry rivals. Ten people lost their jobs, said Dustin Snyder, interim director of human resources. The rest of the reductions came from Aurubis Buffalo's eliminating positions left vacant after employees ret…

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Jody L. Lomeo took over as CEO after Kaleida Health's board of directors ousted his predecessor over the health care system's uneven financial performance. Lomeo oversaw a rapid fiscal turnaround as the system's $15.3 million operating deficit from 2013, the year before he became CEO, turned into $15.2 million in operating surplus for 2014. He's been Kaleida's CEO fo…

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The first pieces of the new residential project and urban grocery on Ellicott Street are starting to take shape as Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. moves forward with environmental cleanup of the site and the structural work. The Buffalo-based developer said Tuesday that all of the urban fill soil has been removed from the site at 201 Ellicott St. as part of a state-supervis…

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May 5, 1937 – Jan. 22, 2020 Anthony M. Christiano Sr., of North Buffalo, a retired hardware store owner and a standout high school athlete, died Jan. 22 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a lengthy illness. He was 82. Born in Buffalo, the fifth of seven children, he attended St. Vincent de Paul School and was a 1956 graduate of Bishop Fallon High School, where he…

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Jake Schneider's plan to convert the former Community Music School building into the 22-unit Musical Suites apartment project won city Planning Board approval Monday night, after demonstrating that he had done everything possible to work with neighbors whose century-old carriage house is close to the property line on their parcel. Schneider plans to convert the existing…

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Jody Lomeo, the Kaleida Health CEO who oversaw the hospital group's building boom that included the construction of a new children's hospital and expansions at other facilities, plans to step down at the end of this year. Lomeo, 51, said Tuesday morning that he planned to leave his post for personal reasons. He has been Kaleida's CEO for the past six years, as the hospi…

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Daemen College has purchased a home on the edge of its Snyder campus for $490,000, but doesn't yet know what it will do with the property. Daemen acquired the home at 39 Getzville Road, off Main Street, from Georgiann Butler in a sale that closed Friday, according to public records. Paula Witherell, a college spokeswoman, said the owner – whose daughter attended Daemen …

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The controversial proposal to erect a four-story apartment building with 129 market-rate units on the edge of the historic Fruit Belt neighborhood appears no closer to winning city approval – after critics raised the same objections to a redesigned plan that lowered its height but still exceeded the Green Code. Symphony Management, owned by Timothy LeBoeuf, went back to…