Building Buffalo and Western New York by the billions

In every corner of the city, in the first-ring suburbs and across the outlying counties there is continuing development.  Business First has been keeping track of it, calculating that the price tag of this economic growth has topped $20 billion.  Some projects are well known while others, though coming in at more than a million dollars each, not so much.  From reporter James Fink, managing editor Donna Collins and photographer Jim Courtney, here’s a look at myriad works in progress or already…

NY AG says not so fast on net neutrality rollback

That didn't take long. Acting quickly after the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to reverse the Open Internet Order - otherwise known as "net neutrality" — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that he will lead a multistate lawsuit to stop the process. “The FCC’s vote to rip apart net neutrality is a blow to New York consumers, and to everyone who cares about a free and open internet. The FCC just gave Big Telecom an early Christmas present, by giving internet service…

Higher prices again the story of Buffalo Niagara residential home market

November produced little change in the what has been the overarching theme of the housing market: prices are up while the stock of available properties stays low.  The Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors reported median sale costs rose 10.4 percent last month to $143,000 compared to $129,500 a year ago. The average sale price rose by 7.9 percent year over year to $164,712 from $152,500.  Sales declined sharply to 855 from 1,060 — a 19.3 percent fall.  For the first 11 months of 2017, sales…

Taylor Devices inks $3.2 million California deal for earthquake protection

Taylor Devices has added another client to its long list purchasing seismic dampers to protect against earthquakes. The North Tonawanda manufacturer said Wednesday that a $3.2 million deal has been reached with St. Bernardine Medical Center of San Bernardino, California for installation of the dampers, which act like giant shock absorbers. Officials said in a news release that a total of 108 large dampers, each rated at up to three-quarters million pounds output, will be used to absorb earthquake…

40 Under 40: Putting faces to the names of the 2017 honorees

Business First's 40 Under 40 class for 2017 -- 40 outstanding Western New York leaders under the age of 40 -- will be honored at a luncheon this Friday. Click on the View Slideshow button for a quick rundown of this year's winners. The annual 40 Under 40 program honors local men and women who have attained professional success and community involvement. This year, more than 160 people were nominated. The winners were selected by a six-person panel of former 40 Under 40 winners led by chairman…

Buffalo unemployment level with New York state

Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area had an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent in October compared to 4.9 percent a year ago.  That figure matched the overall state jobless rate, according to the monthly report. The state labor department counted a 600 more people in the workforce last month from last year at 546,900 in the Buffalo area. The number of employed was up 800 to 520,600. Separately, Erie County was at 4.7, Niagara County at 5.3 percent.  Among the rest of the eight-county region…

Full boat for commissioning of USS Little Rock LCS 9 in Buffalo

The awaited commissioning ceremony of the USS Little Rock LCS 9 on December 16 at Canalside is at capacity, organizers said Monday. In a statement the Commissioning Committee said it has been forced to end ticket registration due to an overwhelming number of requests. “With nearly 9,000 people requesting tickets, we have reached the limit for attendance given the layout of Canalside for the commissioning of the USS Little Rock LCS 9,” said Maurice Naylon III, chairman of the local Commissioning…

Traveling the New York State Thruway? There’s an app for that

 As the holiday season approaches, the New York State Thruway Authority has rolled a mobile app that can be downloaded to iPhone and Android devices.  The new app enables travelers to access the latest road conditions in real-time, including construction and traffic alerts, while remaining hands-free. A safety setting option also utilizes voice announcements for roadway updates while traveling across the 570-mile roadway.  Officials noted several other features of the app, including:  To…