Nicholas Trbovich, founder and CEO of Servotronics, dies

Nicholas Trbovich Sr., who founded Elma-based Servotronics in 1959, died earlier this week. A company announcement said he "passed away peacefully and in the presence of his family and loved ones." As chairman and CEO since the company's inception, Trbovich presided over a company that manufactures component parts for a variety of industries, along with a subsidiary that designs and makes knives. The company had about 320 employees as of December 2016, most of them in Western New York, according…

As free tuition looms, WNY colleges try to determine impact

The fall semester is just weeks away, but local college leaders say it's still too early to assess the impact of a major new state program aimed directly at their institutions. The Excelsior Scholarship program, championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and signed into law earlier this year, is known as New York state's free college tuition bill despite numerous caveats. Those include a maximum family income of $125,000 when the program is at full strength; only applying to students at State University of…