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  • • TOPS Friendly Markets returns to local ownership
    Tops Friendly Markets (the “Company”), a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont, announced today that the previously announced acquisition of Tops Holding II by a group of senior managers of the Company led by Tops president and CEO, Frank Curci, closed on December 1st.
    During the past six years under Curci’s leadership, Tops has more than doubled its number of stores, added new jobs and expanded is geographic reach into eastern and northern New York, Vermont and northern Pennsylvania. In April, 2013 Tops also opened Orchard Fresh a specialty and gourmet food store in Orchard Park, NY.
    “The management team at Tops truly has a passion for the business and dedication to the core values of the organization, and has led the company’s tremendous growth over the past six years,” Curci said. “This transaction represents the next step in the natural evolution of Tops that began six years ago when we returned operations and decision making to our local markets. Now with local ownership as well, we will be able to build on our successes of the recent past, deepen our commitment to the markets we serve, and further expand to better serve our associates and customers.”
    The senior managers in the acquisition group consists of Curci; Kevin Darrington, Chief Operating Officer; Rick Mills, Chief Financial Officer; John Persons, Senior Vice President of Operations; Jack Barrett, Senior Vice President of Human Resources; and Lynne Burgess, Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
    • Wolcott
    Nozzolio and Oaks announce assistance for Electromark employees
    In response to a direct request to Commissioner Peter Rivera, New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio and Assemblyman Bob Oaks were advised that the New York State Department of Labor would begin immediate steps to mobilize a Rapid Response Team to provide unemployment assistance, job training and new job opportunities to employees who will be displaced as a result of Electromark’s decision to close their Wolcott facility.
    Senator Mike Nozzolio and Assemblyman Bob Oaks have been working aggressively with the New York State Department of Labor to help ensure that every affected employee is given the resources and support they need to find new employment.
    “We must do everything possible to support the individuals and families affected by the closure of Electromark," said Nozzolio. "This important assistance from the New York State Department of Labor will help ensure that each employee receives the services and assistance they need. We will continue to work with the Department of Labor to ensure that retraining funds and assistance are made available to the over 100 employees affected by this decision.”
    "Commissioner Rivera has assured us that the New York State Department of Labor is making their strongest commitment to meet the needs of the affected employees of Electromark. Having the Rapid Response Team assist these individuals is critical as the workers and their families deal with employment and personal decisions about their future," said Oaks.
    Page 2 of 2 - “As the New York State Senator representing over 100 Electromark employees and their families, I remain committed to doing everything possible to assist these individuals during this difficult time,” concluded Nozzolio.
    • Newark
    Mercer joins EFP Rotenberg staff
    EFP Rotenberg, LLP is pleased to announce the names of seven new employees joining the firm. Among them is Stephanie Mercer of Palmyra.
    Mercer joins the firm in the tax and business services. She obtained her MS in Accounting from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Stephanie spent six years in the US Air Force and the last 10 years as a small business owner.
    She will be based in the Finger Lakes area, primarily Newark office. Stephanie currently resides in Palmyra.

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