Buffalo, Rochester private-sector job count dropped in July

Only three metropolitan areas in Upstate New York recorded job losses in the past year and Buffalo and Rochester are on the list. The other city was Elmira, according to the July report from the state Department of Labor. Buffalo lost 900 private jobs, or 0.2 percent, compared to a year ago. There were 100 additional hires in nonfarm jobs, which includes the public sector. Among the sectors taking the biggest drops: financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and goods-producing. Education…

BLJ: Minority Bar taps McLeod for Lifetime Achievement

The Minority Bar Foundation will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Judge James McLeod at the annual awards ceremony Aug. 17 at The Mansion on Delaware Avenue. The foundation recognizes lawyers, students, community leaders and organizations that serve minority communities. McLeod was recognized for “dedicated service to law and justice before the courts, excellence as a practitioner in the public sector and the donation of time and talent to a series of community projects for a better…

New York factories humming at 3-year high

Manufacturing firms across the state reported that business activity expanded strongly in August, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Tuesday. The index measuring general business conditions climbed fifteen points to 25.2, its highest level in since September 2014. The monthly survey found that overall 42 percent of respondents reported that conditions had improved from July, while 17 percent reported that conditions had worsened. New orders shipments were on the rise, unfilled orders held…

$1 million award to UB researcher for heart attack study

A University at Buffalo researcher has received a $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue work on a study involving heart failure after a heart attack. The recipient is Dr. Umesh Sharma, assistant professor in the Department of Medicine in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB. According to a news release, Sharma’s hypothesis is that an excess of this protein during a heart attack promotes myocardial inflammation and fibrosis, the formation of…

I Love New York shows it loves Lucy, Jamestown with $500,000 grant

New York’s I Love New York campaign is stepping up to fund humor in the Southern Tier with a half-million dollar grant to the National Comedy Center and the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in 2018. Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined officials in Jamestown where a week of performances continues through August 6 as part of the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and “Comedy and the Human Condition,” with such performers as Lewis Black, Jim Gaffigan, Kevin James, Robert Klein, David Steinberg, W. Kamau Bell,…