Billionaire Thomas Golisano Sues Decorator Over $845K Palm Beach County-Based Yacht Bill

Billionaire Thomas Golisano is suing his New York-based interior decorator, claiming she overcharged him hundreds of thousands of dollars for furnishings for his 240-foot Palm Beach County, Florida yacht.

The Democrat and Chronicle reports that Golisano, founder of Rochester-based payroll processing firm 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. The furnishings reportedly included $7,692 on four chaise lounges and $2,252 for "dream cushions" to cover them, as well as a $3,338 ottoman that cost $600 to upholster.

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.

Laurel, a 240-foot, custom-built "superyacht" sleeps 12 and has a crew of 22.

Interested customers can lease Laurel for roughly $605,000 per week.

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