Rochester-based firm’s founder sues decorator over $845K yacht bill

Former Buffalo Sabres owner B. Thomas Golisano, left, and Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn talk before posing for a team photo after locker clean out at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., Monday April 7, 2008. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Billionaire Thomas Golisano is suing his Rochester-based interior decorator, claiming she overcharged him hundreds of thousands of dollars for furnishings for his 240-foot Florida yacht.

Sources report the founder of Paychex Inc., has filed a civil lawsuit against Norma Goldman in state Supreme Court in Rochester.

Golisano claims Goldman’s $845,000 bill for work she did on the West Palm Beach-based Laurel was $400,000 too high. He says the decorator overcharged him by reneging on a verbal agreement to sell Golisano the furnishings at her wholesale price.

Goldman denies promising that the furnishings wouldn’t be marked up.

The 74-year-old Golisano’s main residence is in Florida. The former owner of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres also has a home in suburban Rochester. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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