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Money = power. Power = money.

   Business stories are bustin' out all over today.

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- Verizon's planned data center to get low-cost power - Thomas J. Prohaska/The Buffalo News
   Verizon Communications was granted 25 megawatts of low-cost hydroelectric power Tuesday for its proposed data center in Somerset, an enticement designed to help win the $1 billion-plus project for the Kessel Buffalo Niagara region.
   The New York Power Authority board of trustees, meeting in the Power Vista at the Niagara Power Project, approved the deal unanimously.
   "This would be a huge shot in the arm for New York State and Niagara County," said Richard M. Kessel, [right] Power Authority president and chief executive officer. "We are working very hard to make this a reality."
   New York is competing for the final designation with one other state, according to Kessel. And that other state is Wyoming, State Sen. George D. Maziarz said he has been told. [Maybe they would like to be next to this.]
   Verizon spokesman John J. Bonomo would not confirm that. ...
- Buffalo: Data center capital of America? - Network World  

   On the local front:
Flight 3407 group finds ally on safety - Jerry Zremski/The Buffalo News
   Regional airlines aren’t perceived as being as safe as their big-name partners, a business travelers group and the Families of Continental Flight 3407 stressed Tuesday at a National Transportation Safety Board symposium on the relationship between the two kinds of air carriers.
   When the Business Travel Coalition surveyed its members, one respondent noted that at least one company keeps a “black list” that includes “certain carriers that they won’t allow their employees to fly on,” said Kevin Mitchell, the group’s chairman.
   Also at the symposium, John Kausner — whose daughter, Ellyce, was one of 50 people killed in the February 2009 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence Center — noted that his daughter bought her ticket on Continental’s Web site without knowing that the plane would be flown by a regional pilot who never would have been hired by Continental.
   That airline — Colgan Air — “passed the buck” after the accident, as did Continental and the Federal Aviation Administration, Kausner said.
   “And make no mistake about it: It’s all about the buck,” Kausner added.
   John H. Prater, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, said major airlines have laid off highly paid, experienced pilots while contracting with regionals that hire pilots at far lower salaries. ...
   In response, Roger Cohen, president of the Regional Airline Association, insisted there’s “one level of safety” for the regional airlines and the major carriers.
   “Every carrier does recognize that it’s bad for business not to be as safe as you can be,” Cohen said.
NTSB probes safety of airline partnerships - AP
- Federal panel probes safety of code-sharing agreements - USA Today
Airlines' 'code sharing' practice examined - Marketplace/American Public Media
Airline Officials Tout Commuter Air Safety Improvements - Wall Street Journal

   A song for Somerset:


-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News


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