February’s private-sector job count up 1.4% in Buffalo

The health care, business services, leisure and hospitality sectors along with remedial services led the charge in the latest employment report for the Buffalo-Niagara Falls market. The February numbers show a gain of 5,400 jobs in private industry in the past year, up 1.2 percent. Increases in those industries helped overcome declines in construction, trade, and scientific and technical jobs, according to the state Department of Labor. Government jobs have also risen since last February, pushing…

St. Bonaventure adding men’s lacrosse to its sports roster

St. Bonaventure University has announced it will add men’s lacrosse to its athletics' lineup beginning with the 2018-19 academic year. “For a number of reasons, the addition of men’s lacrosse at St. Bonaventure is extremely beneficial for the institution,” Director of Athletics Tim Kenney said in a statement. “This is a strategic decision that recognizes an opportunity for our department and for the university. Over the next several years, men’s lacrosse will add approximately 45-50…

Jacobs makes annual list of billionaires; several others have strong WNY links

There are 2,043 billionaires on the planet, according to Forbes magazine. One of them lives in Western New York, while several others have strong links to the region. Jeremy Jacobs, the chairman of Delaware North, is tied for 402nd place on Forbes’ annual list of billionaires, which was released this morning. Jacobs is an East Aurora resident. The magazine estimates his net worth at $4.3 billion. Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, is No. 1 with an estimated net worth of $86 billion, followed…

Here are the ‘Best Places to Work’ in Buffalo

The 2017 Best Places to Work awards are based on employee surveys created and administered by Quantum Workplace. Awards were given to the top three businesses in five categories, based on company size during an event held March 14 at Riverworks. Winners are determined by an analysis of data collected from surveys taken by each company's employees. MICRO 10-24 Employees GOLD - Drescher & Malecki LLP 3083 William St., Buffalo, NY 14227 dreschermalecki.com CEO: Thomas Malecki COO and HR contact:…

Hunt Mortgage Group announces commercial real estate office opening in Buffalo

Hunt Mortgage Group is entering the Buffalo commercial real estate market and has hired a local professional to oversee the operation. The company is headquartered in New York City and has three main business lines: the conventional loan business, small balance loan business, and an affordable housing lending business. It is a subsidiary of Hunt Companies Inc. Leading the new office will be Zach Casale, a University at Buffalo graduate who spent six years as a mortgage banker with Largo Real Estate…

20 years running, Wegmans deemed among the best places to work

The streak is intact: Wegmans has again been recognized as one of top companies to work for. The Rochester-based grocer is ranked second on the 2017 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list. It marks the 20th consecutive year Wegmans has been honored and the company with some 47,000 employees is one of a dozen companies to be listed each year. In a statement, CEO Danny Wegman, son of the late Robert Wegman, chairman, repeated what his dad said in 1998 when he learned the company was named to…

Buffalo News sports editor Lisa Wilson takes new job with ESPN

The woman who has overseen the sports department at the Buffalo News is leaving the daily newspaper for a new job with ESPN in Washington, D.C. Lisa Wilson has been named as senior editor for sports for The Undefeated, ESPN’s multiplatform initiative for sports, race and culture. Since 2011, Wilson has worked as the executive sports editor at the News and is the nation’s only black female sports editor at a major metropolitan daily. Wilson, recently ranked No. 110 on the Business First “Power…

Moog swings deal to buy European manufacturer for $42 million

Moog Inc. is making an overseas investment as it acquires Rotary Transfer Systems from Morgan Advanced Materials. The sale was announced Friday and valued at $42 million. Elma-based Moog is picking up Rotary’s sites in Germany and France. The company, which had revenues of about $21 million last year, makes electromechanical systems for the transfer of current, signals and data in rotating devices or structures. Rotary’s technology is used in tower cranes, radar systems, wind turbines, automotive…

Inner Circle Conversation on Banking

Plenty of bankers in Western New York anticipate regulatory relief under President Trump. And given his Feb. 3 executive order calling for a review of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, they’re very likely to get it. Five banking executives offered thoughts about the new administration during a Jan. 12 Inner Circle Roundtable sponsored by Hodgson Russ LLP. They agreed that easing some regulations would be good for financial institutions. “There’s hopefulness that…

State Senate OKs ride-sharing bill for Upstate NY

The New York State Senate easily passed a ride-sharing bill that would allow such transportation service to expand to Upstate. The vote in favor of bill S4159 was 53-5. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has led the call for ride sharing to be allowed beyond New York City, though the taxi industry has called for tighter measures on operators involving background checks. The senate version, supporters say, requires criminal and driving history background checks, passenger notifications of driver information and…