State layoffs could affect the disabled

October 7, 2011 Updated Oct 7, 2011 at 7:36 AM EDT

By WKBW News

October 7, 2011 Updated Oct 7, 2011 at 7:36 AM EDT

State layoffs could go into effect later this month if the Public Employees Federation can't reach a deal with New York. A report in today's Business First shows how area nonprofits, that serve people with developmental disabilities, have begun a process to shift 538 Western New Yorkers away from state-provided care. The goal is to minimize the impact on the disabled. If layoffs went into effect, transitions would occur starting November 1.

The group Visit Buffalo Niagara will use a hefty portion of its 2012 sales and marketing efforts to attract more Canadians to try and boost the economy. A report in today's Business First says Canadians already make up a large part of local airport and retail traffic, but officials say the numbers can grow even more. They're promoting WNY as a cultural destination rather than just a place to shop or see sporting events.

Congratulations are going out to outstanding financial executives. Business First teamed up with The Bonadio Group and Citizens Bank for the annual awards program. The top CFOs crunch numbers, but also help in the community. You can read more about them in today's Business First.

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