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Daily Archives: October 31, 2008

Decision time in Election ’08 nears

Ralph Parks spent $4,600 out of his own pocket two years ago for the chance to go to Chicago to pick the brain of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. “I supported him in a big way at the time,” said ...

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GOP, Democrats battle to control Senate

If Democrats win full control of state government on Nov. 4, would the Rochester region be better off or worse off? This is a pertinent question for the first time in decades. Democrats, who have controlled the state Assembly since ...

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Income sinks for insurers

This area’s two main health insurers showed declines in net income over the first half of the year with MVP/Preferred Care showing the steepest drop, a 98.1 percent fall-from net income of $32 million last year to $600,000 as of ...

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Portfolio: M & T Bank

A weekly report compiled from the proxy statement and annual report of a publicly held company with local headquarters or a company with a major division in the area Headquartered in Buffalo, M&T Bank Corp. is a bank holding company ...

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Policies reduce exposure to mistakes, offer security

Whether an individual practices law, medicine or accounting, or agrees to serve on a board of directors for a corporation or a non-profit, experts say it is critical to possess sufficient professional liability insurance. Ample insurance is recommended because “it ...

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Get relief: automate or outsource benefits administration

Have you considered whether your company is overpaying monthly health care premiums? There is an expensive secret in benefits that is frequently overlooked but has significant impact on a company’s premium payments and ultimately its bottom line. The secret is ...

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Use staged approach, introduce programs valued by staff

Does your employee benefits program fit your company? Every organization’s benefits dollars are limited, so a staged approach to adding them can help introduce benefits that make sense at the right times. A sensible way to assess an overall employee ...

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Digital world demands use of specialized safety nets

As firms of all stripes march toward becoming paperless, the stakes surrounding computers and computing have risen. Given risks such as mechanical meltdown and cyber crime, insurance professionals say firms need specialized safety nets for the digital world now more ...

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Reading tea leaves, she sees success brewing

Working as a stay-at-home mother after the birth of her first child, Charlene Phillips was looking for a way to contribute to the family income. At first, she mulled selling her recipes for baked goods, like scones, to tea rooms. ...

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Growth is ‘huge’ for this CEO

He has a bobble-head doll fashioned after him, a MySpace page devoted to him, and video parodies of his commercials appear on YouTube. Whether you find his advertising shtick amusing or annoying, there is no question that Billy Fuccillo’s persona ...

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What’s at stake

Some people think the right to vote does not matter much. Fortunately, their ranks appear to be dwindling, with a surge in new registrations reported. Many have been drawn by the historic race for the White House. But as we ...

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How we risk getting flattened by a curved world

When former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan appeared before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform last week, he faced four hours of scathing criticism. Quite a comedown for someone who for years had been wrapped in an aura ...

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Coalition calls for push to reform government

A coalition of advocacy groups was in Rochester this week trying to drum up support for changing how state government does business. Representatives of Common Cause/New York, the Interfaith Alliance of Rochester and Citizens for Better Government in New York ...

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UR researchers look to lighten load for soldiers

Work being done in part by scientists at the University of Rochester soon may reduce the weight of the portable electronic devices American troops carry in the field. Professor Duncan Moore and three other researchers in UR’s optics department are ...

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Houghton College creates investment headquarters

Undergraduate business students at Houghton College manage the investment of $250,000 of the school’s endowment and now have a $100,000 headquarters to research and track their investments. The school, located some 90 minutes southwest of Rochester in Allegany County, opened ...

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