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Robert J. McCarthy


One month after fear of gridlock spread among Kensington Expressway motorists, life without Buffalo's main commuter artery seems to have settled into a not-so-bad-after-all routine.State Department of Transportation officials and other observers agree that, aside from lengthening the average morning trip by a few minutes, alternative routes are absorbing the traffic d…

Employees of Crawdaddy's restaurant told a State Liquor Authority hearing Wednesday they merely were enforcing company policy when they demanded that a black state trooper display identification other than his State Police badge before he could be admitted.The employees rebutted charges filed by Trooper Elton L. Mitchell, 27, that Crawdaddy's bouncers and management r…

A Buffalo man testified today that at least half a dozen bartenders and bouncers beat him almost two years ago at the Locker Room tavern on Delaware Avenue.Ralph Davies Jr., 27, said the tavern's staff attacked him and a friend June 14, 1987, after his friend offered to buy a drink for a girlfriend of one of the bartenders."I didn't even expect it," Davies testified a…

The Army Corps of Engineers is expected to approve an unusual breakwater design that would pave the way for summer development of a 750-slip marina at Seaway Piers, which will be anchored by the new Shooters restaurant.The floating design planned for the complex could allow its private developers to begin accepting marina tenants by June, while Shooters officials say …

The NFTA board of commissioners took the first step today toward satisfying a major County Legislature concern about transit agency operations by voting to investigate the possibility of a management and performance audit.The board voted unanimously to ask the Legislature for an outline of what it wants addressed in any study of the way the Niagara Frontier Transporta…

The Ontario Racing Commission is saying "whoa" to Peace Bridge plans for major reconstruction this spring, claiming the resulting traffic jams will cause "irreparable harm" to Fort Erie Race Track.But it appears the Peace Bridge Authority will nonetheless proceed with its plan to close the south lane beginning April 15. And the resulting traffic problems are sure to s…

Grand Island's semi-annual traffic backups began again this morning, and state police and Thruway officials reported the usual delays accompanying the closing of a Grand Island bridge.Leonard J. DePrima, Thruway Authority division engineer, said the lines approaching the South Grand Island Bridge complex began forming about 7:15 this morning and extended until about 8…

Evelyn E. Meahl winced a bit Saturday as she watched a bulldozer tear down the remaining wall of St. Stephen's United Church of Christ social hall. She couldn't help recalling memories stretching back over all of her 81 years.Early Saturday afternoon, a fire tore through the Clarence landmark on Tonawanda Creek Road, destroying the social hall and heavily damaging the…

The NFTA raised its basic fare from 80 cents to $1 Saturday, and for most Metro Bus and Metro Rail riders, the increase seemed a small price to pay to preserve full weekend service.Patrons groused and grumbled a bit about forking over two extra dimes for a bus or subway ride, but most seemed relieved there was service.Because the Niagara Frontier Transportation Author…

A permanent agreement on long-term NFTA funding could be delayed until after County Legislature elections in November, Legislature Chairman Roger I. Blackwell said Friday.Several other county legislators, state legislators and officials of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority confirmed that County Legislature leaders are seeking an "incremental" approach to a…

Four people were arrested in Albany Thursday and charged with participating in an organized effort to smuggle Chinese aliens from Canada through Niagara Falls to New York City, according to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.Dennis A. Peruzzini, assistant district director for investigations, said the three aliens and their alleged smuggler, a naturalized…

The cost of monthly passes for Metro Bus and Rail will increase along with the basic fare Saturday, and while city passengers will get a break, suburban riders will bear the brunt of the hike.Under the new system, a flat 10 percent discount will be offered to anyone purchasing the monthly "flash-a-pass," according to Gordon Foster, manager of service planning for the …

Niagara County legislators say they are encouraged about the future of the Niagara Falls International Airport after meeting with NFTA officials Tuesday. Legislature Chairman William L. Ross, D-Wheatfield, said while officials of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority apparently see no regular passenger service returning to the airport soon, he is satisfied wit…

Niagara Falls International Airport received a strong vote of confidence from NFTA officials today, even if they view regularly scheduled passenger service as only a remote possibility.Niagara County Legislature leaders and officials of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority huddled to discuss the airport and other transportation concerns today, with Executive …

If you think traveling is tough now with the Kensington Expressway under construction, wait until highway work kicks into gear this summer.Commuters can count on jackhammers tearing up not only the Kensington, but also the Niagara Thruway, Youngmann Highway, Father Baker Bridge, Skyway and Peace Bridge, as well as dozens of other projects throughout the area.Here is a…