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Hartmayer retires at NFTA; succeeded by Helen Tederous

Helen Tederous

Commissioners of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority on Thursday commended C. Douglas Hartmayer for his more than 18 years as director of public affairs and chief spokesman.

Hartmayer, a Navy veteran and former public affairs manager for Tops Friendly Markets, is retiring following a brief transition period over the next few weeks. Executive Director Kimberley A. Minkel said Hartmayer conveyed vital information to the public during the crash of Flight 3407 as well as through other sensitive periods that included budget problems and a fare hike.

“It’s always been my pleasure to represent the 1,500 hard working men and women of the NFTA, and my honor to tell their stories,” he told commissioners.

Minkel announced that Helen Tederous will succeed Hartmayer. She was most recently vice president of corporate communications for 12 years at KeyBank, formally First Niagara Financial Group. She is also a former host of P.M. Buffalo and a news anchor, reporter and producer for WKBW-TV.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from SUNY Brockport.

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