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Robert J. McCarthy


Another proposal for a trade complex to handle Customs inspection for trucks using the Peace Bridge surfaced Friday before the Peace Bridge Authority, but this one is on the Canadian side.Fort Erie developer Duncan Cameron asked the authority to allow him to build what could become a $150 million trucking and office-retail complex at the Thompson Road exit of the Quee…

Appraisers hired by the NFTA say the former Westinghouse Electric Co. property is worth approximately $12 million, according to sources familiar with the appraisers' reports.The $12 million figure appears to be the starting point for a court battle between the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and owner Paul L. Snyder over NFTA attempts to acquire the property…

A private developer is offering to finance, design and construct Metro Rail extensions to Amherst and the waterfront, then lease the completed system back to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, possibly in time for the 1993 World University Games.Although such a proposal is unheard of in the transit industry, NFTA officials are taking the offer seriously.Ed…

Seven Nigerians and a Honduran, accused of fraudulently applying for U.S. residence through the alien-legalization program, were arrested by Buffalo immigration agents this morning, capping a yearlong probe of immigration fraud in Erie and Niagara counties.John J. Ingham, acting district director of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, said the eight were round…

This group was more interested in the apple juice and cookies than the legal documents their parents signed.But after it was over this morning, eight foreign-born Western New York children were clutching tiny American flags and celebrating their new citizenship. It was the final step in the process that brought them from Korea, India and Colombia as the adopted childr…

The 25-year-old Buffalo man who claimed he was the kidnapped son of a Florida family has fled the country and admits his tale was fabricated.Friends, associates and law enforcement officials now say David Bonnabel -- who said he was abducted as a child and held captive for more than a decade in a Louisiana bayou -- is nothing but a talented con man.But Bonnabel, ackno…

New York State residents must be willing to pay for a way to finance reconstruction of their roads and bridges if they wish to avoid more transportation bond issues, the chairman of the Assembly's Transportation Committee said here Friday.Assemblyman Michael J. Bragman, D-Cicero, told a local transportation lobbying group that the state must have the courage to establ…

A familiar name is once again soaring in and out of Greater Buffalo International Airport.Mohawk Airlines, one of the dominant names in the Northeast aviation industry from 1958 to 1972, is flying into Buffalo again -- although this Mohawk is a different company offering a different service.The new Mohawk is no relation to the old Utica-based carrier that was absorbed…

If Metro Rail is extended to the University at Buffalo's North Campus and beyond, more than $2 billion in new development and almost 12,000 new jobs would result by the year 2010 in the Town of Amherst, according to a new economic study released today by the NFTA.The study outlines the benefits that could result if the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority adopted…

For the last six months, Patrick O'Donnell has been holed up in the Erie County Holding Center, trying to avoid what he calls "certain" persecution if he is deported to Ireland.Today he enters the sixth day of a hunger strike -- the traditional "last resort" of Irish political prisoners -- in an attempt to spur some movement in a situation that has seen him jailed sin…

Developer Paul L. Snyder can't seem to win when negotiating with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.The NFTA's board of commissioners rejected a deal Monday that its staff had negotiated with Snyder to extend an agreement for his off-airport parking concession at Greater Buffalo International Airport.Although nine commissioners attended the meeting, the res…

One of the nation's top management consulting firms is expected to conduct a study of the NFTA this fall free of charge in an effort to help the transit agency establish priorities and develop a more effective marketing program.The Cleveland office of McKinsey and Company has volunteered to conduct the study and, pending approval by the Niagara Frontier Transportation…

A city woman killed her two young daughters and severely injured her 9-year-old son this morning, police said, and authorities confirmed that an ax was used in at least one of the attacks.Barbara James, 28, of 85 Roma Ave. was taken into custody shortly before noon, after she killed her daughters, Victoria, 18 months, and Brittany, 6 months old, police said. She faces…

Two busloads of Canadians who came here to work security at The Who concert Tuesday night at Rich Stadium were arrested by U.S. immigration authorities after one of the guards allegedly assaulted a woman with a metal flashlight.Background checks revealed that 17 of the 63 arrested guards carried criminal records, including drug convictions, making them automatically e…