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NFTA officials and County Executive Gorski say they would have no problem with naming Raymond F. Gallagher to the transit agency's only seat on the new Horizons Waterfront Commission, despite legal problems that could bar him from government service for 18 months.Gallagher, the longtime chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, is the apparent front-r…

NFTA and county officials say Gov. Cuomo's State of the State promise of emergency transit funding for Western New York will buy time for establishing a local tax to help support the authority.In addition, it appears that the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority still faces a deficit, but will shelve its "disaster" plan of service reduction and layoffs in favor o…

The NFTA is poised to jump on the Horizons Waterfront Commission bandwagon next week, with signs pointing to Chairman Raymond F. Gallagher as the early front-runner to be the authority's sole appointment to the commission.Gallagher said this week that he expects the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority board of commissioners to discuss the matter during a meeting…

It's one of those jobs in the "somebody's gotta do it" category -- the kind that doesn't exactly generate a flood of applications.But it's business as usual for Jerold Smith, a professional diver who has been dodging icebergs in the rivers of Western New York over the past few weeks. His job is to rummage around those icy riverbeds looking for wear and tear on bridge …

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will pay almost $300,000 to 15 former private security guards who claimed they were forced out of their airport jobs so a new police force could be filled with politically connected applicants.The out-of-court agreement ends a dispute dating to 1981, when the former employees of Service Systems Inc. complained that the NFT…

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will shelve its "disaster" plan for service cuts and layoffs as a result of Gov. Cuomo's recommendation today that the NFTA be funded again with $5.4 million in emergency state aid.But NFTA officials emphasized that despite the governor's request, as outlined today in his State of the State message, some combination of far…

Officials of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority have depended on the federal government the past few years to carry them through the agency's deficits, but the pot from Washington is empty this year.The federal operating assistance grants had been "banked" over a number of years, allowing the authority to draw more than its annual allocation to cover defici…

The tragedy of Pan American Flight 103 continues to touch the lives of Western New Yorkers.Martha Boyer of East Amherst and her husband, Bradley, were scheduled to celebrate Christmas today with her sister, Paula Alderman-Bouckley.But Ms. Alderman-Bouckley and her husband, Glenn Bouckley, were killed Wednesday in the crash of the 747 jet in Scotland while en route fro…

A toll increase and millions of dollars in costs could result for the Peace Bridge if plans are enacted for an international trade center on the span's Buffalo side, according to skeptical members of the Peace Bridge Authority.Meeting Thursday with developers Peter and Robert Elia to discuss the $200 million trade and truck inspection center the Elias propose for thei…

Non-criminal charges of political coercion were dropped Wednesday against the former executive director and comptroller of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, in return for their promises not to serve in government for 18 months.The U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board dismissed the charges against John F. Downing, former NFTA executive director, and Robert …

Non-criminal charges of political coercion were dropped today against the former executive director and comptroller of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, in return for their promises not to serve in government for 18 months.The U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board dismissed the charges against John F. Downing, former NFTA executive director, and Robert M. D…

The possibility of building a joint U.S.-Canadian truck inspection center in Canada has been discussed by top Peace Bridge staffers and representatives of the U.S. General Services Administration.If such an operation is approved, it could doom plans for an off-site truck inspection center and international trade complex proposed for the Porter Avenue area by the fathe…

When her 3-year-old daughter suffered a sudden seizure a year ago, Mary Iorio knew she could count on her next-door neighbor -- David Strzalkowski."I ran right in his front door and started screaming," she said. "And David came to the rescue. He called 911, checked her vital signs and knew just what to do."Whenever someone comes to a mother's rescue like that," she co…

The union that represents transit authority workers plans a public campaign in the coming weeks to make people aware of the effects of drastic cuts and layoffs threatened at the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.Letter writing, picketing, rallies and old-fashioned political lobbying will rank high on the agenda of the Amalgamated Transit Union, which represent…

Community leaders, including Mayor Griffin, reacted enthusiastically Tuesday to a $200 million plan aimed at developing an international trade center near the Peace Bridge that supporters say will best position Buffalo to exploit the new era of free trade.On the day after a Canadian election assuring implementation of the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement and even grea…