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"This is the election of the year," said Jim Fink of Business First, referring to the May 6 Buffalo School Board elections. During WBFO's Press Pass, Fink called the elections "a defining moment for Buffalo."

In the days since the death of Ralph Wilson, speculation has mounted regarding the future of the Buffalo Bills. "Everybody take a step back," says Jim Fink of Business First. On WBFO's Press Pass, Fink shares his views on what to expect for the Buffalo Bills.

Speculation on the future of the Bills in Buffalo is on the rise following the death of team owner Ralph Wilson Jr. Jim Fink of Business First believes little will change for the franchise in the immediate future.

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Former Buffalo Sabres Managing Partner Larry Quinn announced last week that he will run for the Buffalo School Board, adding to the expanding list of candidates for three at-large seats. "It's a snapshot of the growing frustration" with Buffalo schools, says Jim Fink of Business First.


Business First is out with its list of the most influential people in Western New York. Rep. Brian Higgins tops this year's Power 250 list.

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While the name has changed from HSBC Tower to One Seneca Tower, the vacancy problems continue for the city's tallest building. That topic was addressed during WBFO's Press Pass with Jim Fink of Business First.

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The tax breaks issued for Uniland's plan for a mixed-use complex at Delaware and Chippewa has touched off a community debate over the issue. While some legislators are clamoring for an end to development tax abatements, Business First's Jim Fink doesn't see that happening anytime soon.

Press Pass: Fort Erie track speeds to completion

Oct 14, 2013
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After "meetings and more meetings," says Jim Fink of Business First, "The Canadian Motor Speedway" is coming soon to Fort Erie. The progress of the track was one of the topics Fink discussed on WBFO's Press Pass.

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"Bringing cars back to Main Street is an absolute must," Business First's Jim Fink said on WBFO's Press Pass. Fink follows the view that believes a mistake was made decades ago when car traffic was routed off Main Street, allowing for the installation of city's rapid transit system.

Press Pass: Falls politics stalls land deal

Aug 5, 2013
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According to Jim Fink of Business First, the development community is keeping tabs on the outcome of a land deal between the City of Niagara Falls and Mark Hamister. Fink says its the type of "dysfunctional" politics that has prevented the city from keeping up with the progress across the river at Niagara Falls, Ontario.

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With the current Buffalo Niagara Convention Center approaching its fourth decade of operation, a move is afoot to improve, or perhaps replace, the aging facility.  In WBFO's Press Pass, Jim Fink of Business First says the upgrade has been a priority for County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

Press Pass: Jim Fink examines a key IDA vote

May 20, 2013
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The Erie County IDA will be voting on a development project that could decide the future of a decaying downtown industrial facility. Jim Fink of Business First believes the project is important because of its visibility.


Business First created a buzz when it placed developer Carl Paladino at the top of its list of the area's most influential people. In this week's Press Pass, Jim Fink provides background into how his magazine compiled the list. 

Press Pass examines HSBC announcement

Dec 10, 2012
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Jim Fink of Business First sees a major ripple effect following the announcement that all HSBC employees will be transferred out of the HSBC Tower on Main Street.

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The Sabres organization and the City of Buffalo will begin preparing for Webster Block development.

That is one of the topics of conversation in this week's Press Pass conversation with WBFO & AM-970's Jay Moran and Business First reporter Jim Fink.

Jay and Jim also discuss new concerns that surrounded the Buffalo Creek Casino.

Delaware North searching downtown for headquarters

Aug 27, 2012
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Though they may eventually stay in their current location, Delaware North officials are examining some key downtown spots for their headquarters.

Jim Fink of Business First says Delaware North will be keeping its 350 employees downtown, however the company is exploring its options prior to their lease expiring in 2015.

That's one of many items Jim Fink touched upon during his Press Pass conversation on WBFO and AM 970.

Mayor Brown, Fink expects, will make a decision this week on who will develop the Webster Block near First Niagara Center.

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While Buffalo Bills fans may be miffed over the team not easing its television blackout policy, Jim Fink of Business First believes the faithful may be encouraged by the progress of lease negotiations that could keep the club here for many years.

In WBFO and AM970's Press Pass conversation, Fink also discusses development prospects in downtown Buffalo.

He hears that Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, which has had great success in Syracuse and Rochester, may be opening in Buffalo.

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Jim Fink discusses his  recent  Business First story focusing on the economics of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

While the cultural organization generates millions in economic activity, Nik Wallenda may be having trouble gathering the sponsor support needed to make his June 15th walk across the Falls.

A troubling development for Buffalo is the closing of the Canadian Consulate in downtown Buffalo. According to Jim Fink,  the impact of the move goes beyond losing 75 local jobs.

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In this week's Press Pass, Jim Fink of Business First discussed the two conflicting sides battling over the future of the Trico complex in downtown Buffalo.

Meanwhile, across the border, the slots in Fort Erie face an uncertain future.

That uncertainty is not good for the city's legendary race track which Fink calls the "identity" of that community.

A relative surprise is the status of the Buffalo Bills.