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Hires/Promotions/Honors

Daemen College appointed Bridget Niland director of athletics. Niland, a member of the Daemen faculty since 2006, previously served as an associate professor of business administration. She also served as the college’s faculty athletic representative, acting as the athletic department’s liaison with faculty members. She holds bachelor’s, master’s and law degrees from the University at Buffalo. In addition, the college promoted Jessica Gorski to associate athletic director for sport administration. Gorski, a 2009 Daemen graduate, was most recently assistant athletic director for sport administration. She has also been the head coach of cross country and track and field since 2012.

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The New York Power Authority trustees elected Justin E. Driscoll NYPA executive vice president and general counsel. In that capacity, he will serve as chief legal officer of the statewide public power utility. Most recently, Driscoll was a partner in Brown & Weinraub PLLC in New York City. He received his law degree in 1981 from New York Law School and received his bachelor’s degree from American University, School of Public Affairs.

Company Connections

Catholic Medical Partners, which represents Catholic Health’s affiliated physicians, will serve as the lead group for more than 100 health and social service organizations and nearly 1,000 doctors in the area under a $500,000 grant awarded through a state health care reform program. The grant is part of the state Health Department’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program, which will distribute $8 billion in federal money in a reform initiative that, among its goals, seeks to reduce avoidable hospital use by 25 percent over a five-year period.

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Blue Bridge Financial, a national provider of equipment financing, completed its headquarters relocation to the historic Electric Tower in Buffalo’s central business district. Preceding the move, Blue Bridge Financial qualified for $586,173 in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits from Empire State Development, the state’s economic development agency. The company brought 16 employees into its new space and has added two additional documentation specialists to its credit processing team. The company plans to add more than 70 new positions over the next five years.

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OB/GYN Associates of WNY was recognized as a breastfeeding-friendly practice by the New York State Department of Health. This award is presented to medical practices that create a breastfeeding-friendly office environment that provides support and education throughout pregnancy, child birth and also the post-partum period.

Contributing

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village received a $3,000 grant from East Hill Foundation to fund the completion of a new strategic plan under the guidance of Jay Vogt of Essential Worth. Formerly known as the Amherst Museum, Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village cares for more than 40,000 historic artifacts, archives and photographs in a 25,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art exhibit and collections storage facility located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst.

Patents

Title: Multiplexer for selection of an MRI compatible bandstop filter placed in series with a particular therapy electrode of an active implantable medical device

No.: 8,788,057

Inventors: Kustra, Gabriel A. (Cheektowaga); Stevenson, Robert A. (Canyon Country, CA)

Assignee: Greatbatch Ltd. (Clarence)

Date issued: July 22, 2014