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More layoffs within the NFTA were discussed behind closed doors today, as commissioners struggled to adopt a "service reduction" budget aiming to close a $15.4 million deficit.Raymond F. Gallagher, chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, acknowledged that layoffs were discussed as part of the proposed port division budget, but he would offer no deta…

NFTA commissioners met behind closed doors this morning to discuss the 1989-1990 budget, a document that is expected to include plans for layoffs at the transit authority.The meeting was closed to the press. The board voted unanimously to conduct a closed meeting in executive session because personnel matters were to be discussed.The commissioners acknowledged the pos…

The State Investigation Commission, nearing the two-year mark in its probe of the NFTA, will issue a report sometime this spring charging that political coercion ran rampant throughout the authority, according to a commission member.The commission's final report on the activities of Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Chairman Raymond F. Gallagher and others wil…

The NFTA commissioners sent a clear message to county legislators today: Don't expect us to pay for an audit of the transit agency unless you make a financial commitment to mass transit.The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's Board of Commissioners was responding to a request from Minority Leader Mary Lou Rath, R-Williamsville, for the NFTA to pay the estimate…

The NFTA board of commissioners is considering substantial cuts and possible elimination of the authority's police force as part of its disaster budget plan, according to police and authority sources.The 60-officer department provides security for Metro Bus, Metro Rail and Greater Buffalo International Airport at a cost of about $3.5 million a year."First we heard the…

Local residents who serve on the Niagara Frontier Transportation and Peace Bridge authorities are not turning cartwheels over Gov. Cuomo's proposal to eliminate compensation for service on state boards and commissions.But for the most part, those contacted Tuesday by The Buffalo News indicated that they would continue to serve -- even for free."I think compensation is…

Their determination and sometimes even their ingenuity never cease to amaze Michael D. Lorenz.A special agent for the Anti-Smuggling Unit of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, Lorenz has seen just about every possible way for illegal aliens to cross the Niagara River. Most often they involve the standard false passport, false compartments in tractor-trai…

The chief goals of Raymond F. Gallagher, the newest appointee to the Horizons Waterfront Commission, are opening the waterfront to public access and protecting the interests of the NFTA.Gallagher, chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, was named to the new waterfront development panel last week as the representative of the authority, the largest la…

The area delegation to the State Legislature heard a first-hand plea from NFTA officials Friday on the need for a local tax to support mass transit, as well as an acknowledgment of uncertainity over emergency funds from Albany."We really at the present time don't know what the governor's (statement) meant," NFTA Executive Director Alfred H. Savage told the area's sena…

A young Ethiopian who spent months in a Lackawanna refugee shelter could be one of the first people deported from Canada under the country's new and stricter immigration laws.Hussein Haji Mohamoud, 18, was ordered deported this week after Canadian immigration authorities determined he had entered the United States in November with a false Somalian passport.The deporta…

The NFTA has terminated eight middle-management and lower-echelon workers in a move designed to combine a number of positions and save about $500,000 a year.Alfred H. Savage, executive director of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, said that new regulations also have been issued on the use of NFTA cars, resulting in more savings and the loss of personal ve…

Immigration officials, forced into the national spotlight after barring a Cuban family from re-entering the United States, are challenging humanitarian calls to reconsider their case by releasing more evidence of alleged immigration fraud.The Immigration and Naturalization Service earlier this week rejected calls to let the family back into the country at Niagara Fall…

A Cuban family stranded in Canada after it was denied re-entry to the United States at Niagara Falls is "without a country," according to the family's Buffalo lawyer, who said Tuesday the four family members now have no choice but to hope Canada accepts them as refugees.Sister Kathleen A. Rimar, a Catholic Charities immigration attorney, said the background check run …

Three Cubans who say they are refugees stranded in Canada will not be allowed back into the United States because they have previous records of immigration fraud, an Immigration and Naturalization Service official said Monday.Benedict J. Ferro, Buffalo district director of the INS, said a check with his Miami counterparts showed that Bermaida Zamora-Powers and her two…

Buffalo businessman D. Ward Fuller has ended his embattled bid to join the NFTA board of commissioners, asking Gov. Cuomo to withdraw his nomination from consideration."Basically, I just told the governor that I continue to be very much honored by his appointment," Fuller said, "but that ample time had passed for Sen. Volker and the Senate to act on the recommendation…