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Robert J. McCarthy


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…

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…