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Bank of Castile, Tompkins Insurance Purchase Main and Center Property

There are new owners of the former W.T. Grant building in downtown Batavia and that means some new jobs in Batavia.

Tompkins Insurance and the Bank of Castile are expanding in the city with the purchase of 113-119 Main Street.

Tompkins President and CEO David Boyce says it has outgrown its current space at 90 Main Street. The space will contain a “care center” to field incoming calls from customers.

Boyce says he expects three initial hires with plans to expand more in the years to come.

“Since we’ve built the building on Main Street, we’ve had exponential growth of our companies, both the Bank of Castile and Tompkins Insurance,” he said. “We hope to have the same (success) over the next nine years. We don’t have one empty desk in our location at 90 Main Street.”

The company will be making major renovations to the second floor and expects to be in operation this summer.

WBTA, stationed at 113 Main Street, as well as Optique Optical and T-Shirts, Etc., are the main tenants. The closing date for purchase has not been set.

Police Investigating Possible Connection Between Batavia and East Aurora Bank Robberies

Police are looking into a possible connection between bank robberies in East Aurora and Batavia.

The Batavia Police department is searching the suspect who robbed the Five Star Bank on East Main Street on Monday. The suspect was described as a white woman in her mid-20s, 5-foot-7 or 8, with a pink butterfly tattoo on her neck.

While the suspect arrested for the Wednesday robbery of Bank of America in East Aurora is not a person of interest at this time, Detective Sergeant Pat Corona says there will be inter-agency communication.

“We’re aware of that information in regards to the East Aurora bank robbery and we’re in very close contact right now with the East Aurora police department and the Orchard park Police Department and we’re trying to determine if the suspect that they have charges against in the East Aurora bank robbery is our suspect also.”

Authorities say the suspect, 25-year-old Ashley Reardon, could be behind other bank robberies in Hamburg and Orchard Park.

A 43-year-old man was also arrested for allegedly driving the getaway vehicle. Police say the Five Star Bank robbery did not involve a vehicle and the woman fled on foot.


IBM Makes Cuts Days After Announcing Job Opportunities in Buffalo

Just days after announcing it was bringing hundreds of jobs to Buffalo in a 55-million-dollar deal, IBM makes job cuts.

The number of cuts is unknown and it’s also unclear if New York was impacted.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that 500 jobs were coming to Buffalo. He also said that IBM was retaining thousands of high-tech jobs in the Hudson Valley.

Officials have been emphasizing all week that cuts wouldn’t affect New York jobs, but a report from The Poughkeepsie Journal indicates that may not be the case.

State officials countered, saying that cuts were minimal and some part-time seasonal sales jobs were axed.

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