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First Niagara Financial to add 500 jobs

BUFFALO — First Niagara Financial Group says it will create 500 well-paying new jobs over the next five years in New York. The Buffalo-headquartered bank says Monday the new jobs will be located in western New York and across the rest of Upstate.

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Consumer Confidence Index rises in April

NEW YORK — Americans' concerns about jobs and inflation eased somewhat in April, pushing the Consumer Confidence Index higher. The increase comes after an unexpected drop in March. But the measure had risen for five consecutive months before that and hit a three-year high in February.

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Former union official sentenced

George M. Jemiolo, 61, of Williamsville, has been fined $3,000 by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara and ordered to pay $2,292 in restitution for conviction of improper receipt of monies by a union representative.

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New York exploring public-private pacts on road repairs

The state is looking at private companies to help invest in infrastructure projects throughout the state. State Sen. Charles Fuschillo, R-Merrick, is planning on introducing legislation that will allow the state to partner with private businesses to facilitate and fund new capital projects ...

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Birds Eye to close Upstate NY plant this year

FULTON — The parent company of Birds Eye says it will close its vegetable processing plant in central New York and move operations to facilities in the upper Midwest.

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Cuomo gets wage freeze in first labor contract

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo and one of the state’s biggest unions are agreeing to the first major labor contract of the year, which includes a pay freeze for three years and other concessions. Cuomo applauds Agency Law Enforcement Services unit of Council 82 ...

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Work program may be revamped

Monroe County Legislature President Jeffery R. Adair has submitted legislation which would reform the legislature’s annual work program. The proposal would change the due date from April of each year to the first regular ...

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GM investing $100M in Rochester plant

General Motors Corp. is investing $100 million to manufacture fuel-injection technology at its Rochester plant in upstate New York, securing hundreds of existing jobs and creating 30 new ones.

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NLRB back pay memo controversial

Management-side attorneys are ratcheting up criticism of the National Labor Relations Board and its acting general counsel in the wake of a memo that was sent to regional agency officials urging them seek out cases that can be used to overturn recent precedent

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