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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert McCarthy joined The Buffalo News in 1982 and has been political reporter since 1992. A native of Schenectady, he graduated from St. Bonaventure University.


The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Board of Commissioners Monday overwhelmingly rejected a move to fire two top employees, rebuffing the recommendation of state and federal agencies probing political coercion charges.Commissioner Ronald J. Anthony was the only board member to vote in favor of his motion recommending that Executive Director Alfred H. Savage …

A proposal to allow taxation of gasoline and cigarettes sold on Seneca Indian reservations appears dead following a veto of the agreement by Seneca President Dennis Lay.Though the agreement with the state was approved by the Seneca Nation's Tribal Council, Lay killed the controversial pact because of the divisiveness he said it caused within the nation."If there is an…

At least one NFTA commissioner plans to ask Monday for the dismissal of two employees who were recommended for removal last week by the State Investigation Commission over political coercion of subordinates.Commissioner Ronald J. Anthony says he will ask for the dismissal of administration manager Kenneth C. Kruly and lands and development manager Robert F. Rung when …

Richard Lang paused as an Eastern Airlines jet thundered over his Cheektowaga front yard, instinctively realizing he wouldn't be heard for the next few seconds."There's one now," he said when the overhead roar faded. "There'll only be 99 more of those today."That's Lang's life in the loud lane.He has tolerated the noise since 1950, when he built his house at 103 Broad…

Gov. Cuomo has read the state investigators' report that recommends dismissing NFTA Chairman Raymond F. Gallagher and two other high-ranking officials of the transit authority, aides say, but the governor has not yet decided on what action to take.The fates of Gallagher and the two others remain uncertain after the release Friday of a State Investigation Commission re…

NFTA Chairman Raymond F. Gallagher and two other transit authority officials should be dismissed for coercing employees to make political contributions to Gov. Cuomo and other Democratic candidates, a State Investigation Commission report released today says.The commission members unanimously concluded that Gallagher, Administration Manager Kenneth C. Kruly and Lands …

Remember the inbound Kensington Expressway, the highway that used to serve as Buffalo's main commuter route on weekday mornings?By the end of this month, according to the state Department of Transportation, commuters who have been forced to use alternative routes will be able to become reacquainted with the 2.8-mile section between the Thruway and Grider Street -- but…

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…

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…

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…

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…