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The NFTA's staff pushed the transit agency's commissioners today to approve its $84 million plan designed to transform Greater Buffalo International Airport into a first-class facility over the next four years.During a two-hour session in a packed board room of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, staffers explained a plan that has evolved over almost two de…

A long legal battle between the NFTA and airlines over landing fees at Greater Buffalo International Airport appears close to settlement, resulting in an approximate $10 million payment to the authority earmarked for airport expansion and improvements.In return, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will agree to "reallocate" several rental and fee charges inc…

It is now called the Buffalo Airport Center.But it is probably best known as the Westinghouse Electric facility.Sitting on a 120-acre plot just east of Buffalo International's terminal complex, it continues to pose a dilemma for the NFTA and the community.The facility represents a potential employment giant. It already employs more than 1,100 people in about 60 compan…

In 1984, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority contemplated buying the Westinghouse Electric plant for $4 million to expand the Greater Buffalo International Airport.But two local businessmen out-hustled the authority.In 1986, the authority came close to buying the plant for $7 million from developer Paul L. Snyder.But Gov. Cuomo stopped the deal, according to…

It looks so abandoned and forlorn, you almost expect tumbleweeds to blow across the runways.The neat, gleaming terminal sits empty, with most of Niagara Falls International Airport's activity revolving around the Air National Guard base situated across the way.And the thousands of square feet of former industrial space lining its runways seems perfectly suited for pro…

Armed with only blueprints and planning documents, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will make decisions during the next few days aimed at pushing the Greater Buffalo International Airport into the next century.After almost 20 years of study and restudy, NFTA commissioners will consider steps to implement a $150 million, 15-year project designed to change …

Now may not be too early to start planning a new airport for Western New York, says NFTA Executive Director Alfred H. Savage.The day when Greater Buffalo International Airport is bursting at the seams is not exactly on the horizon, Savage acknowledges. It isn't 10 years away, and it isn't 15 years away.But somewhere around the year 2010, a 90-year-old airport no longe…

Morning commuters whisked through the Father Baker Bridge demolition area early today, encountering none of the delays that raised engine temperatures and blood pressures Wednesday morning.Motorists using alternative routes and improvements to the Route 5 signal lights helped alleviate the two-mile-long -- 45-minute -- backups on Wednesday, state Department of Transpo…

A simulated disaster involving the transport of wounded soldiers from Fort Drum in Northern New York to Buffalo was conducted today at Greater Buffalo International Airport, testing Erie County's ability to respond to a major medical emergency outside the area.Dozens of ambulances from throughout Western New York and Ontario responded to the onslaught of "wounded," wh…

Sometime late today, construction crews will unceremoniously place barriers across the northbound Father Baker Bridge, after the last motorist bumps his way through the potholes of the decrepit span.But this is more than a routine bridge closing, since that last vehicle will take with it a significant portion of Buffalo and Lackawanna history. The 28-year-old Father B…

A Cattaraugus Indian Reservation man accused of murdering his best friend during a March drinking binge was acquitted of all charges Thursday in a non-jury trial.State Supreme Court Justice Mario J. Rossetti found Alan L. George, 35, innocent of murder and weapons charges in connection with the death of Vernon Isaac, 31, of North Collins.Defense attorney Philip M. Mar…

A man and wife long suspected in the death of a witness against them in a purse snatching case were arraigned today on murder charges.Francis Smythe, 23, and Wendy Bummer Smythe, 21, were arraigned before State Supreme Court Justice Theodore S. Kasler in the killing of Ronald Martin.Martin, 22, had testified against the Smythes before the grand jury in connection with…

An Erie County judge sentenced a supermarket worker to the maximum sentence today for injuring his infant son so severely that he is left in a vegetative state with no hope of recovery.Judge Timothy J. Drury sentenced Trent Smith Sr., 24, of 58 Harbor Walk to one year in the Erie County Correctional Facility.Noting that Smith will become a father again in a few weeks,…

A Buffalo couple long suspected in the death of a witness against them in a purse snatching case were arraigned today on murder charges.Francis Smythe, 23, and Wendy Bummer Smythe, 21, were arraigned before State Supreme Court Justice Theodore S. Kasler in the killing of Ronald Martin.Martin, 22, had testified against the Smythes before the grand jury in connection wi…

A former substitute teacher convicted of sex offenses was sentenced to 14 1/2 to 29 years in prison Monday, despite a 42-minute speech on his contributions to society.Kevin Foreman, 33, convicted May 18 of sodomy, grand larceny and two counts of petit larceny in connection with an Oct. 30 incident in his home, showed little emotion as he was sentenced by State Supre…