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A former Ottawa Senators assistant general manager is facing a lawsuit over allegations that he sexually harassed a hotel shuttle bus driver when he visited Buffalo in May 2018. Randy Lee is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, which was filed in State Supreme Court by the driver of the shuttle. Lee pleaded guilty to harassment in Buffalo City Court in December. He w…

Deaths

Dec. 27, 1925 – May 17, 2019 Dr. Roger J. Goergen, a retired dentist who helped write the ethics code for the Town of Amherst, died Friday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 93. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Canisius High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Canisius College. He graduated from the University of Buffalo School…

Business

George Mateyo, Key Private Bank's chief investment officer, was visiting Buffalo and chatting with someone whose business installs fiber optic cable. The installation business was brisk, he was told. "The fact that there is demand for that – new construction, new buildings – says to me that things are probably pretty good," Mateyo said. It was just an anecdote, but M…

Bills

The debate over whether Rand Capital Corp. should sell a majority stake to Terry and Kim Pegula came to a head on Thursday. But it will take a few days to find out how the shareholders voted. The Buffalo venture capital firm held a special shareholders meeting at the Buffalo Club about whether to sell a 57% stake in Rand to the Pegulas through their East Asset Manage…

Business

Bank on Buffalo has raked in $302 million in deposits from about 4,500 new accounts, since the bank began offering a 2.02% interest rate on savings accounts in February 2018. It's been just about a year since the division of Pennsylvania-based CNB Financial ramped up its promotion of the rate – which is still among the highest in the country – on area billboards. The ba…

Business

M&T Bank has extended its reach to Florida, opening a commercial banking office in North Palm Beach. The Buffalo-based bank named Richard Gieseler as its Florida region president. He has been with M&T for 12 years, most recently helping develop and implement the bank's new commercial lending platform. Other employees that will work with Gieseler will include …

Altra Industrial Motion Corp. is following through on plans to close its Amherst facility, eliminating 79 jobs. The former Thompson Linear Motion facility on Hazelwood Drive will make its first job cuts in August, and the plant is scheduled to close in mid-October, according to a filing with the state Department of Labor. Boston-based Altra had signaled in February t…

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Erie County Medical Center's trauma and emergency department is on track for a long-awaited upgrade. ECMC's trauma and emergency department, which dates to 1978, was built to serve 45,000 patients a year. But the department treats over 70,000 patients a year, including more than 7,400 transferred last year from other hospitals. An all-new facility is under constructi…

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Clarence businessman Daniel Snyder has donated $100,000 toward construction of Brothers of Mercy's $17.5 million addition to an assisted living facility and memory care building in the town. Snyder is president and CEO of inLighten, a Clarence-based media and digital sign company. Its headquarters is on Wehrle Drive, near the Brothers of Mercy campus. "I believe one …

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Medical device manufacturing will be spotlighted Monday – at an event designed to help that industry grow in the region. A FuzeHub Solutions Forum for medical device manufacturers and suppliers will be held 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the University at Buffalo's Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, at 701 Ellicott St. FuzeHub is partnering with UB…

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Independent Health says personal information about 7,605 of its members was inadvertently emailed to an unauthorized recipient nearly two months ago. The Amherst-based health insurer said the information in the email did not include the members' Social Security numbers, birthdates, personal financial data or diagnosis codes. But the email did contain member names, Indep…

Business

Developer Nick Sinatra looks around and sees new opportunities emerging in places like the East Side. But he wonders what will become of those opportunities if the state expands its prevailing wage mandate to include private projects that receive any public subsidies, including tax breaks. "We could see another wave of development here in this town," Sinatra said. "E…

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KeyBank's new East Side branch is getting ready to open next month, and its neighbors are noticing. "They are emailing us pictures of the branch progress," said Kawanza A. Humphrey, Key's regional corporate responsibility officer. "Our awning went up (this week) and we immediately got a picture from a community member." The new branch is a visible piece of the five-y…

Business

43North is looking for its next $1 million prize winner. The business plan competition is accepting applications for its 2019 edition, which concludes Oct. 30 with judging onstage at Shea's Buffalo Theatre. The grand prize winner that night will walk away with $1 million, and seven other companies will win $500,000 each. The prize winners will be eligible for a cut of $…

Business

The Brooks-TLC Hospital System wants to drum up developers' interest in the future reuse of Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk. The hospital system has sent an "expression of interest" to more than 80 developers locally and outside the region, including in Canada. It's a step toward a more formal request for proposals for the property that will be issued later. Broo…