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Friday, October 17, 2014

Minkel Receives Buffalo 612’ Honor

Our own Executive Director, Kim Minkel was honored October 7, as one Western New York’s most effective business leaders with a WNY C-Level Executive Award during a noonday luncheon at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens Restaurant.

Black Achiever Gary Bennett

Congratulations to our 2014 Black Achieve Award recipient, Gary Tracy Bennett. Gary came to the NFTA in 2008 as a Service Planner Analyst, after receiving his Master of Urban Planning from the University at Buffalo. Gary’s undergraduate degree is from the State University at Fredonia, where he continues to teach in his spare time.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Niagara Falls International Airport Customers Get a Charge from New Stations

NFTA Executive Director Kimberley Minkel with
Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer.
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The Niagara Falls International Airport now has two new charging stations for airport traveler use, as part of a statewide network of up to 3,000 EV charging stations slated for public and workplace locations across New York State by 2018. The charging stations are being undertaken through the Governor Cuomo’s Charge NY Initiative.

The charging stations at the NFIA are among 100 that the New York Power Authority and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority are installing by the end of the year at 37 public and workplace locations around the state, including three at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Congratulations Vivian

Vivian Rodgers is our new ADA/EEO Administrator in the Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Development Department. She has been with the Authority for four years, and loved every minute of it.

Congratulations Kara

Kara Jeziorski has joined the Health, Safety and Environmental Quality Department as our new Safety & Quality Assurance Coordinator. Kara has been with the Authority for about a year, learning the organization in one of the most thorough methods we have: Central Services. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

NFTA Metro Participates in UB Sustainability Living Fair

Mary Padasak, Health and Safety; Lisa Piecki 
and Breanne Flynn, Communications and Marketing
On Tuesday, September 16, the University of Buffalo held its sixth annual Sustainability Living Fair in the Student Union at North Campus. There were approximately 30 vendors on site to promote and discuss services that help improve the environmental impact within Western New York.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NFTA Transit Police Befriends Children from Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Thursday, August 14, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Transit Police Officers, Adam Brodsky, Thomas Dewey and Shaun McDonnell, accompanied three young boys, who had been on a special event wait list with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Erie County, to a Buffalo Bisons baseball game.

During the game, the boys had a chance to learn more about the sport from their escorts, as well as share common interests and have some laughs with the officers. Big Brothers, Big Sisters is an organization that supports 1-to-1 mentoring relationships to assist children challenged by issues such as divorce, bullying, educational and career matters, as well as just general day-to-day youth concerns.

Alicia Bartsch from Big Brothers, Big Sisters said that she is extremely grateful to the NFTA Transit Police for their support and said, “The children had an incredible time at the game and our staff was impressed with how amazingly well the officers interacted with the kids. It’s funny, but a simple outing like this can have such a positive impact on young and impressionable minds. We would like to give a special thanks to Lt. Jim Halliday and Officer Mike Davies for their help in coordinating this event and their planned participation in future mentoring activities with our organization.”

For more information about programs and volunteer opportunities with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, go to