Business/Economy

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The annual public hearing is perhaps the most high-profile event in Erie County's budget process. The session Tuesday drew another large crowd as interested parties shared their views of the spending plan prepared by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.


There are a lot of uncertainties in trade, from the North American Free Trade Agreement to its effects on cities and rural areas. One corporate veteran shared his insight at a recent annual meeting of the World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara.

Starting this week, the New York State Labor Department is accepting comments on proposed new regulations for employee scheduling.

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Now that the U.S. House of Representatives has voted for a tax overhaul plan that some state leaders say will harm New York, the action moves to the Senate, where a vote is expected after Thanksgiving.


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The holiday season is getting underway, and many parents have already begun shopping. But Judy Braiman of Empire State Consumer Project has a warning about some of this year’s popular toys and gifts.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is slamming the tax overhaul plan passed Thursday by the House of Representatives, saying it will be “poison” to New York.


Terrance Young

Kitchen connoisseurs know firsthand that it takes considerable effort to develop strong culinary skills.

Two reports issued in recent days indicate that Gov. Andrew Cuomo may be facing his most difficult budget in seven years.


Tops to offer same-day grocery delivery

Nov 10, 2017
Tops Friendly Markets

Add Tops to the list of supermarket chains that will now offer same-day delivery service.

Wegmans

Another Fortune magazine "Best Places to Work" survey has been released and, again, Wegmans has placed first on the list.

Airport Music

A fixture of Cheektowaga and the local music scene has closed. After 40 years in business, Airport Music has shut its doors for the last time.

Santoro Signs

A storied North Buffalo Catholic church wants to install a sign near a major intersection so people can find the church - and not the adjoining fast food restaurant commonly used as a guide.

Diocese of Buffalo

The Buffalo Catholic Diocese has sold its former St. Columban Center for $1.4 million.

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Governor Cuomo is not pleased with the Republican House of Representatives tax overhaul plan, calling a key provision “double taxation” on some New Yorkers.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Officials in the Town of Tonawanda are seeking ideas and proposals to redevelop the idled Huntley power plant on River Road. In addition to restoring it as an economic contributor, local leaders want to prevent it from becoming a long-term waterfront eyesore.


Business First has released its CORE Strength issue, the fifth straight year the far-reaching findings have been published. "It's the value of all the construction projects that are in the pipeline for the eight Western New York counties this year," explained Jim Fink of Business First during his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass. By his calculations, the projects represent $20.6 billion in regional investment, an increase of seven percent over 2016.


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Across the country, stores are closing and entire shopping malls are being shuttered. In Amherst, a major developer is planning to spend tens of millions of dollars to turn Northtown Plaza into a lifestyle mall. Some town officials see that as a vote of confidence in Amherst as a place to do business.

Wall Street profits are up by one-third over the same period last year, the New York state comptroller said.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A new job training center in Buffalo's Jefferson Avenue corridor promises skills education in various fields for youth and adults living with developmental disabilities.


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a conference call with California Gov. Jerry Brown, singled out two New York GOP congressmen for criticism after they voted for a budget measure that clears the way for a vote on the Republican plan to overhaul the tax system.


Many blue-collar jobs are morphing into “new-collar” opportunities that are technology-based, according to some workforce development experts.

It’s a seller’s market when it comes to Western New York real estate.

The state’s governor and senior senator teamed up Monday to urge New York’s congressional delegation to oppose a provision in the federal tax overhaul plan that they say could be harmful to the state’s taxpayers and economy.


Buffalo played host to a first-of-its kind travel and tourism summit, bringing national industry leaders to town. It was a chance for local tourism leaders to learn what they're doing right, and where there's room for improvement.


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It's official: the Buffalo-Rochester Metro Corridor has submitted its bid for online commerce and cloud computing giant Amazon's planned second North American headquarters, known as HQ2. This region is pitching its lower cost of living, workforce and readiness to move the company into the region. But it's up against fierce competition including three other bids from within New York State.


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When it comes to identity theft and fraud, New York has the dubious distinction of ranking as the ninth most vulnerable state in the nation.

Buffalo Rising

At the age of nine, Zandra Cunningham began her line of beauty products. Her remarkable eight-year rise through the business world is highlighted during WBFO's Press Pass.  Contributor DeChantell and Jessica Marinelli of Buffalo Rising also discuss the sustainability efforts of the Repair Cafe and the opening of Rowhouse Bakery and Restaurant, an ambitious culinary undertaking in downtown Buffalo.


The state’s comptroller is siding with Gov. Andrew Cuomo over concerns that federal health care cuts will damage New York’s budget, but he said the governor’s budget experts should have saved more money in rainy day funds.


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Williamsville moved closer to another major housing project Thursday night, when the Village Board tentatively agreed to a land swap that will make way for a new apartment and townhouse complex.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Government and economic leaders in two Western New York cities believe that by joining in a strategic collaboration, they are raising the region's chances for attracting one of the most coveted economic development projects in recent memory, Amazon's proposed second North American headquarters.


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