NFTA Transporter

Monday, July 25, 2016

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Once again this year NFTA Transit Police Officers hosted an afternoon at a Buffalo Bisons baseball game for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County. Officers Mike Green, Dina Bigham, Justin Glodowski, Chuck Szymborski and Shawn Dalton chaperoned three youth who are currently awaiting a match with a Big Brother volunteer. The group enjoyed the game, some ballpark fare and interacting with the officers on a warm, sunny July afternoon. This is the third year the department has arranged this special outing.

Respecting Fellow Fallen Officer

On their way to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX for K-9 training; NFTA Police Officers Mike Bogulski and Casey Coggins took a detour to the offices of the DART police department to pay their respects regarding the death of Officer Brent Thompson, who was recently killed while on duty in Dallas. They presented DART Chief of Police J.D. Spiller with an NFTA police shield in memory of Officer Thompson, on behalf of the entire department.

Officers Bogulski and Coggins are attending the K-9 training academy and upon graduation, will be returning home with their new four-legged partners.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Meet the new Manager of EEO / Diversity Development

Stephanie J. Calhoun has joined the NFTA as Manager, EEO/Diversity Development. She comes to us from the New York State Attorney General’s Offices where she served as Assistant Attorney General. Stephanie also worked with the Erie County Department of Law in the EEO Department, giving her wide knowledge of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action issues, in addition to experience working with government agencies.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The NFTA takes the Corporate Challenge

The NFTA’s JP Morgan Corporate Challenge team put in a strong showing this year, with 32 athletes (and a few more back at the tent, making sure everything was either as warm or cold as it should be). Team captain Michael Moore was the top male with a 22 minutes 7 second time, while Emma Concannon was the top female with a 34 minutes 55 second time (she is the daughter of Carolyn Concannon, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Aviation). Nicely done.

An estimated total of 12,488 runners/walkers from 383 companies participated in the 3½ mile course beginning and ending in Delaware Park. The event raised funds for Say Yes Buffalo and Classroom Champions, both education-focused organizations. Congratulations to everyone.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Going Hollywood

JetBlue now flies nonstop, Buffalo to Los Angeles, everyday. This is the Buffalo Airport’s first nonstop to the West Coast.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

New recruits

The Transit Police swore in three new officers this week.  Welcome . . .

PO E. Justinger (Nephew of Cold Spring's Teresa Justinger)
PO A. Dinderski
PO C. Szymborski

They graduated from  the 127th Erie County Law Enforcement Academy and will now be on duty serving the traveling public.

Stay safe out there.

Monday, May 23, 2016

It gets wild at Cold Spring

Cold Spring Garage had an uninvited visitor last week. A deer wandered in. Bus Garage Superintendent John Dembik thought she might be responding to the 'Help Wanted' sign they put up out front. Here at the Transporter, we're pretty sure she stopped in to complain about service to Tift.  Thanks go out to Perry Wittmer, the 2nd shift supervisor, and his team, for getting the deer out safely.