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Buffalo commuters made it to work this morning, even if they were a few minutes late because the outer Kensington Expressway closed on schedule to allow for major reconstruction.Police and state Department of Transportation officials reported some stop-and-go traffic, some slow spots and a few small tie-ups, but the detour system they established generally handled the…

Traffic on Buffalo streets was a breeze this morning compared to what air traffic controllers faced in the skies.Federal Aviation Administration officials at Greater Buffalo International Airport reported the six helicopters monitoring traffic resulting from the closing of the Kensington Expressway caused a major headache in the control tower."It sure was a problem," …

Say goodbye to the inbound Kensington until fall.Today is the last day that commuters can use those lanes until late this fall, and state transportation officials say Buffalo city streets are ready to handle 80,000 new commuters beginning Wednesday morning."It's ready, as good as it's going to get," said Edward P. Mueller, assistant regional design engineer for the st…

State Supreme Court Justice Frederick M. Marshall today declared a mistrial in the Martin Jones murder case, citing "massive publicity" stemming from a story Sunday in The Buffalo News."The publicity was just too massive," Marshall said following his decision. "It contaminated the jurors."The decision means that Jones will be tried by a new jury at a future date befor…

EXPRESSway construction will make commuting through the city's streets a nightmare for the next nine months, but no one ever promoted Kensington Expressway driving as fun, either.With the city's busiest commuter route closed for reconstruction beginning Wednesday, commuters must start winding through some forgotten city streets serving as alternative routes -- all of…

Gov. Cuomo's top transporta tion adviser came to Buffalo Fri day, carrying the message that be fore the state will release emergency aid for the NFTA, some type of local funding must be established to support the ailing transit agency.Erie County's elected leadership replied that before they set up a local revenue source, they want a cleanup of the Niagara Frontier Tr…

Six NFTA commissioners met secretly Friday in a downtown restaurant and refused to let a reporter from The Buffalo News attend.The meeting was called by Commissioner Ernestine R. Green to discuss a recent county commission report outlining new methods of funding the troubled Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. The commissioners also indicated they planned to di…

Gov. Cuomo sent his top transportation adviser to Buffalo today to deliver a message: Establish a local tax to support the NFTA because another commission is not good enough to guarantee state funding for 1989.Mary Ann Crotty, deputy director of state operations, met without fanfare today with Legislature Chairman Roger I. Blackwell and Niagara Frontier Transportation…

A trip to Crystal Beach or a visit to a Chinese restaurant in Fort Erie probably will cost an extra quarter next year as the Peace Bridge Authority prepares for a toll increase beginning Jan. 1."There is no doubt" that an increase to 75 cents from the current fare of 50 cents will be needed by the beginning of next year, with another 25-cent hike possible in 1992, sai…

A long-standing proposal for a new bridge linking Tonawanda and Grand Island was revived before the region's transportation planning agency today, but don't look for any new structures to span the Niagara River any time soon.Legislator Charles M. Swanick, D-Kenmore, appeared before the Niagara Frontier Transportation Committee today along with Grand Island Supervisor …

Almost four years after helping initiate an investigation into political coercion within the NFTA, Thomas J. Marstellar slipped into his courtroom seat Friday and exhaled a huge sigh."It's over, buddy," said former airport manager Larry W. Hedrick, as he grabbed his friend's arm.The two had just finished testifying in a four-day drama that revealed the seamier side of…

The former manager of Buffalo's airport testified today that his superior at the NFTA dropped a loan application for $1,000 on his desk, told him to sign it over to the Erie County Democratic Party and then handed him a pen to sign the application.Larry W. Hedrick, manager of Greater Buffalo International Airport from 1981 to 1986, said Robert F. Rung coerced him into…

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…