Text Us: #30930
Phone: (800) 616 WBEN
Business: (716) 843-0600
A   A   A

Buffalo Business Report - Wednesday June 12, 2013

--Today is the final day of three days of strike votes for unions representing over 7,00 workers at Kaleida Health. Polls are open until 9 pm, for members of the CWA, SEIU and Operating Engineers unions. If a strike is authorized, it would not occur until June 21. Talks with a federal mediator are set for tomorrow.

--A bill to mandate minimum nursing staffing at New York's 185 acute care hospitals has begun advancing in the state Assembly while gathering two-dozen bipartisan sponsors in the Senate led by the Health Committee chairman.

Advocates say required staffing of one nurse for every two intensive-care patients and to 1-to-4 ratios in regular medical-surgical units will improve patient care, reduce deaths and readmissions and keep hospitals financially intact. California has a similar mandate.

New York hospitals oppose it, saying the ratios would cost them and nursing homes about $3 billion annually, infringe on flexibility to shift staff as needed and cut some services and beds as it did in California.

--Business First's annual rankings of the region's schools puts Williamsville's Transit Middle at the top of the list, for the fifth year in a row. The annual study is based on various measurements of student performance as reported to the New York State Dept. of Education.

--Ontario Knife in Franklinville is asking the Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency for incentives to support a $4.37 million expansion of their factory complex.

--The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) will be holding its 2013 Business Conference in Buffalo, attracting some 600 self-described “Localists” from across the continent beginning June 12. The conference will be headquartered at Buffalo State College, with additional events taking place at Silo City, in the Elmwood Village and elsewhere. BALLE activists emphasize local business as the key to prosperity

Who should run against Hilllary Clinton for President?
  Jeb Bush
  Chris Christie
  Ted Cruz
  Mike Huckabee
  Rand Paul
  Paul Ryan
  Marco Rubio
View Results