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Business First's Most Influential: Higgins, Jacobs, Zemsky, Paladino....

(WBEN) Cong. Brian Higgins leads Business First's annual "Power 250" list of Western New York's most influential people, displacing renegade Republican developer Carl Paladino in the top slot. .

Each year, the paper assembles a ranking of the region's most powerful people who have a residence in greater Buffalo and hold sway over it in some way , discarding the likes of Buffalo News owner Warren Buffet or Sabres owner Terry Pegula. 

The paper takes nominations from the public and then conducts internal research to generate a ranking. Higgins is followed this year by Delaware North Company's  Jeremy Jacobs in second and  Developer Howard Zemsky, chairman of both the NFTA and Governor Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Council - in third. Paladino placed fourth, ahead of University at Buffalo President Satish Tripathi.

Buffalo News President Warren Colville, M&T Banks' Robert Wilmers, Seneca Nation of Indians Pres, Barry Snyder Jr., Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown & Rich Products' William Gisel round out the top ten.

 From Business First, here's this year's rankings.of the top 50   Earlier Installments go deeper in the rankings:  Power 250, part 1: WNY's most influential from 250th to 201st  |  Power 250, part 2: WNY's most influential from 200th to 151st  |  Power 250, part 3: WNY's most influential from 150th to 101st

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