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Robert J. McCarthy


Only last year, an Amtrak traveler going from Buffalo to New York City arrived in 7 hours and 22 minutes.But the trip today takes 35 minutes longer -- 7 hours and 57 minutes.And critics of the state Department of Transportation's new and more conservative rail policies say that indicates the state no longer puts passenger service on the fast track."We're very disturbe…

A new bloc with the power to control the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority appears to be emerging within the Board of Commissioners.In a series of crucial votes dating from last spring, three commissioners from Niagara County have joined with three allies and have demonstrated their clout on several occasions, primarily in thwarting several staff initiatives l…

Crawdaddy's, a popular waterfront restaurant that last year was charged with racial discrimination, will close for the month of January while its liquor license is suspended.Louis Cercone, Crawdaddy's general manager, said he has decided not to appeal the suspension, which will be from Jan. 2 to Feb. 1. The suspension was imposed after the State Liquor Authority acted…

Metro Bus and Rail service would be drastically cut and perhaps even shut down one month from today if the transit agency does not get emergency funds from New York State and Erie County, NFTA Executive Director Alfred H. Savage warned today.The emergency aid has not been released because a state requirement mandates that a transit funding plan be in place by Dec. 22.…

Gov. Cuomo is expected to propose NFTA reforms soon that would include a part-time chairman and pay cuts for commissioners, several sources said Wednesday.In return, Erie County would be expected to enact a transit tax to support the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, the sources said, and would be given representation on the NFTA board of commissioners.The go…

NFTA commissioners temporarily put the brakes on proposals Monday to extend rail service to Tonawanda through the use of recycled Cleveland trolley cars.The board voted, 5-4, against awarding a $20,000 consulting contract to study the proposal. A contingent led by Commissioner Glenn S. Hackett indicated it is not satisfied with the scope of the service as outlined by …

Buffalo's transit police officers say they're tired of the "rent-a-cop" look.That's why Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority officers are supporting a proposed switch from their standard brown uniforms to the gray garb familiar to the state police and many sheriff's departments."People have a tough time believing we are police officers," said Officer Michael E. G…

Bert Freed, a veteran reporter for The Buffalo News who had a long association with St. Bonaventure University, died unexpectedly this morning (Nov. 9, 1989) in his Olean home. He was 76.A reporter with countless contacts throughout the state, Freed was the epitome of an "old time" reporter. Chomping on his long cigar, he was a familiar and colorful observer at meetin…

A proposal to privately build a Metro Rail extension to Amherst in time for the 1993 World University Games will be opposed by town government, Amherst Supervisor-elect Daniel J. Ward said Wednesday.Ward, who was swept into the supervisor's office Tuesday on the strength of a "slow development" campaign, said his neighbors in the town's Eggertsville section are especi…

The NFTA appears ready to allow a Buffalo company to begin serious studies aimed at privately financing, designing and building a Metro Rail extension to Amherst in time for the 1993 World University Games.Edward F. Michalik, president of Adrian Development Corp., told Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority commissioners today that his firm seeks a commitment by ye…

The NFTA appears ready to allow a Buffalo company to begin serious studies aimed at privately financing, designing and building a Metro Rail extension to Amherst in time for the 1993 World University Games.Edward F. Michalik, president of Adrian Development Corp., told Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority commissioners today that his firm seeks a commitment by ye…

In Houston, the business community banded together to persuade USAir and other airlines to expand service to an underused airport.In Orlando, Fla., business leaders lured international flights by showing airlines they could make money.And in Rochester, the Chamber of Commerce surveyed its powerful corporate members to determine their aviation needs. It then took those…

Attorneys for Li Jin Lin, the Chinese man who said he illegally entered the United States to spare his wife a forced abortion, are trying to get the government to allow him to remain here for humanitarian reasons.Sister Kathleen A. Rimar, an immigration attorney, said she has filed a "humanitarian parole request" with the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The mo…

Some Grand Island commuters are fuming over their inability to cross what appears to be a fully reconstructed southbound South Grand Island Bridge.The bridge, closed since early September for reconstruction, remains the cause of some significant traffic jams this week. And Grand Island Supervisor Marty Pratt says his office has been inundated with callers who see litt…