Robert J. McCarthy, The Buffalo News - Page 352 of 362
print logo

Robert J. McCarthy

Author

Chairman Raymond F. Gallagher ran the NFTA "with political motivation," the authority's former executive director today told a federal administrative law judge investigating political coercion within the transit agency."My position was that he was totally politically motivated, and ran the authority with political motivation," said Joseph D. Latona.Fired in late 1985 …

Rocco R. Termini, the NFTA purchasing director named in a federal complaint charging political coercion in the authority, resigned from the transit agency late Tuesday.Paul G. Cleary, Termini's attorney, confirmed that the resignation resulted from Termini's case being severed from others as announced Tuesday by Chief Administrative Judge Edward J. Reidy of the Merit …

The manager of Greater Buffalo International Airport testified Wednesday that he was "intimidated and cowed" by his former superior into making a $1,000 contribution to the Erie County Democratic Party.Robert A. Stone testified that Robert F. Rung, the former operations manager for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and its current director of land and deve…

More testimony was presented to a federal administrative law judge today claiming that employees of the NFTA were pressured into making contributions as high as $1,000 to the Erie County Democratic Party.All of the employees said they were approached by other officials of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to buy tickets to fund-raising events. Among those …

A Cuban man stranded with his family in Canada because of immigration problems will plead his case before U.S. officials Friday in the hope of ending a more than two-month exile from his Florida home.Carlos Fajardo and his wife, Bermaida Zamora-Powers, and her two children have been living in Ontario since they were denied permission to re-enter the United States on D…

Buffalo motorists will be asked to rediscover some forgotten commuter routes beginning March 15 -- the day the inbound Kensington Expressway closes for nine months of reconstruction and widening.Streets like Kensington Avenue, Genesee Street and Main Street are expected to carry the brunt of traffic diverted from the city's main east-west commuter route. And officials…

A secretary for the NFTA testified today that she believed her advancement within the transit authority depended on her willingness to work for the Erie County Democratic Party.Diana Szuba, an employee of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority since 1980, told a federal administrative law judge that she was asked on several occasions by authority officials Kenn…

As a post traditionally bestowed on loyal politicos, heading the Peace Bridge Authority has never required much more than attending meetings and making sure enough quarters are collected at the toll booths.But as Raymond F. Gallagher leaves this week as chairman of the 10-member international body that administers the Peace Bridge, most observers are hailing his tenur…

Developer Paul L. Snyder is offering a compromise to the NFTA for control of the former Westinghouse property, which he says will allow for both airport expansion and continued business activity at the site.Snyder said he would be willing to sell the sprawling plant to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority for airport expansion if he could retain control of th…

A state senator and an NFTA commissioner called on Gov. Cuomo Wednesday to provide emergency funds for Metro buses and trains if local dollars to avoid drastic service reductions are not identified by a March 26 deadline.Sen. Anthony M. Masiello, D-Buffalo, said he believes the governor has the funds to support the NFTA until some kind of local financing plan is devel…

For the top 37 employees of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, 1988 was a pretty good year.Through Executive Director Alfred H. Savage's reorganization of the NFTA management, the top managers received average annual raises of slightly less than $5,200, according to an analysis by The Buffalo News of authority salaries.The figure jumps to $6,200 over the 1…

Two NFTA commissioners indicated Thursday they believed the transit authority's board of commissioners improperly convened in executive session during its budget adoption meeting.Commissioner Ronald J. Anthony said the executive session requested by Commissioner Ernestine R. Green to "discuss a person in the Legal Department" had nothing to do with personnel."It was n…

The NFTA Board of Commissioners was criticized Thursday for restoring almost $500,000 in items earmarked for cuts in its budget as it closed a projected $15.4 million deficit.Critics described the restoration of the Niagara Falls bus garage, an affirmative-action position and a transit police job as politics as usual in the face of a fiscal crisis. Supporters admitted…

The beleaguered NFTA adopted a $67 million budget today -- $11 million below current operating levels -- that cuts service, raises fares by 20 cents and eliminates 361 jobs.The 5-4 vote culminated a two-hour session that revealed deep divisions among Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority commissioners over how to close a $15.4 million deficit.The 1989-90 budget wi…

The beleaguered NFTA adopted a $67 million budget today -- $11 million below current operating levels -- that cuts service, raises fares by 20 cents and eliminates 361 jobs.The 5-4 vote culminated a two-hour session that revealed deep divisions among Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority commissioners over how to close a $15.4 million deficit.The 1989-90 budget wi…