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Sterling Kozlowski, who served as KeyBank's Western New York District president from 2006 to 2010, died Saturday. Kozlowski, 58, was Key's Maine market president and New England regional sales leader. Additional details of his death were not immediately available. "Sterling was not only a dedicated banker, but also a tireless community servant who worked with countle…

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For years, Robert G. Wilmers, the late M&T Bank chairman and CEO, criticized federal regulators for taking a "one-size-fits-all" approach to banks. Wilmers thought regulators wrongly lumped together risk-taking Wall Street banks with more-conservative institutions like M&T. As a result, banks of all kinds were forced to devote more time, money and personnel to m…

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If it seems like the Buffalo Niagara region lost a lot of bank branches over the past decade, you're correct. In fact, only one other metro area in the country lost more bank branches during that period, according to a new study. The bank branch total for Erie and Niagara counties dropped 19.8 percent from 2007 to 2017, according to a MagnifyMoney.com study of the na…

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The president and CEO of Bank on Buffalo's parent company received a 33 percent increase in his total pay last year. Joseph B. Bower Jr. of CNB Financial Corp. received $1.3 million in 2017, up from about $968,000 the year before, according to a regulatory filing. The increase included a 7 percent increase in his salary, to $520,000. His total compensation also included…

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Imagine organizing an event for more than 300 guests, but finding out hours before it starts you can't participate in it. The same goes for your marquee speaker. That was the position the U.S. Small Business Administration's Buffalo district office found itself in over the weekend. The office was preparing for Straight Talk, a signature annual event it puts on in conjun…

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On Saturday, the University at Buffalo will host some of the most enticing and up-and-coming artists in the indie/alternative scene at Spring Fest. Headlining the show are alt-radio darlings Young the Giant, who won the hearts of Canalside concertgoers last year, are excellent at crafting slick melodies with an emotional edge, and will be sure to deliver a killer set fille…

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A diverse lineup of musical acts fitting loosely beneath the alternative rock umbrella has been announced for the University at Buffalo’s SpringFest. Young the Giant, In the Valley Below, Banks, Bear Hands and Royal Tongues will perform at 7 p.m. May 2 at Baird Point on UB’s North Campus, Amherst. Admission is free for those with a valid student ID; general admission tick…