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.

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