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Robert J. McCarthy


A private developer's proposal to finance and build Metro Rail extensions to Amherst and the waterfront deserves serious consideration, according to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.The NFTA board of commissioners voted Tuesday to authorize staff members to discuss with state and federal transit officials the possibility of taking advantage of Adrian Deve…

Buffalo's business and political communities are marshaling their clout behind the South Towns Connector, a road designed to relocate Route 5 from the Buffalo waterfront and open hundreds of acres for development.Their task is formidable. They first must convince an unenthusiastic state Department of Transportation through a study now under way that the highway will p…

Area residents overwhelmingly support the NFTA's handling of mass transit, airport modernization and economic development, according to a survey by a national management consulting firm.The study also indicates a positive perception of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, despite some critical exposure through political scandals and deficit problems."There i…

The federal government thinks Greater Buffalo International Airport has the potential to serve as a major hub for an airline looking to expand.But USAir, the busiest airline at the airport and the airline most likely to consider expansion, isn't interested."Buffalo is a very important city in the USAir system," said David H. Shipley, USAir spokesman. "But it's not a h…

For the next few months, drivers on the Youngmann Highway face not only continued lane reductions and traffic jams but, starting today, a 40-mph speed limit as well.A strengthened force of state troopers will make life a little more miserable, by strictly enforcing the new limit to eliminate what they and state Department of Transportation officials consider a major s…

The union representing State University of New York professionals unveiled a preliminary version of its master plan for the state university system Saturday as it prepared to prod the State Legislature into enacting widespread improvements.United University Professionals, holding its statewide meeting at the Ramada Renaissance Hotel, Cheektowaga, began discussions on …

Someone tried to sabotage the Monday night football game at Rich Stadium by cutting power to the stadium while the Bills were playing the Denver Broncos, County Executive Gorski said Thursday.A standby power supply of 35,000 volts kicked into operation when electricity from two substations was turned off, Gorski said, preventing a potentially "disastrous condition.""W…

The NFTA is an extremely well-run organization but could realize as much as $4.6 million in additional revenues through better marketing and improved operations, according to a preliminary report of a national management consulting firm.Executives of McKinsey and Co. in Cleveland told commissioners of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Wednesday that the ag…

The NFTA is an extremely well-run organization but could realize as much as $4.6 million in additional revenues through better marketing and improved operations, according to a preliminary report of a national management consulting firm.Executives of McKinsey and Co. in Cleveland told commissioners of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority today that the agency…

If McKinsey & Co's experience in Cleveland is any indication the NFTA may reap some important business benefits from the firm's study of the agency.But Cleveland observers also caution the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority about becoming too enamored of a management consulting firm whose experience is rich in general business but limited in the transit field."…

The Peace Bridge Authority is expressing interest in obtaining air rights over the adjacent Niagara Thruway for a possible expansion of its U.S. facilities.Joan M. Brunt, authority chairwoman, stressed that the agency has no concrete plans for expansion and that no immediate meetings are set with Thruway officials. But she indicated the authority is interested in dete…

By a margin of one vote, the NFTA approved a plan Friday to acquire and demolish the former Westinghouse Electric plant, a step toward modernizing and expanding Greater Buffalo International Airport.The close vote reflected the deep division over the issue on the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority board, which culminated five years of controversy by voting 6-5 …

Pressure for a change of heart mounted Thursday on NFTA commissioners who have been leaning against a proposal to acquire the former Westinghouse Electric plant for expansion of Greater Buffalo International Airport."Have I been getting calls?" said Commissioner George L. Wessel. "I've been getting calls from people in Washington, from UB, from the Building and Trades…

The NFTA's five-year, $84 million plan to modernize and expand Greater Buffalo International Airport may not have the votes to gain approval.Facing a Friday vote on whether to acquire the former Westinghouse Electric Corp. property for the project, sources within the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority said the majority of the 11-member board of commissioners st…

The brouhaha over a dress code at Erie Community College ended Saturday when President Louis M. Ricci declared students are free to wear to class whatever they choose -- even if it's jeans and sneakers.Ricci said Saturday he has sent letters to all students in the criminal justice curriculum informing them they are not obliged in any way to follow a dress code reporte…