NFTA Transporter

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Give it up for NFTA Fans!

First pitch by Eric Hernandez,
son of Misael and Marcela Hernandez.
NFTA Family and Friends’ Night at the ballpark was held Tuesday, August 9. It was a balmy 85 degree night with over 7,700 attendees at Coca Cola Field. The event was a great opportunity for authority employees and their families to come together while the Buffalo Bisons faced the Indianopolis Indians, to which our home team prevailed (9-3).

Friday, August 5, 2016


Our new Chief Information Officer is Steven Duquette. Steven comes to us from Smart Focus where he was the VP of Systems Architecture. Previously, he worked for Lockheed Martin in various positions and locations. Steven graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a Masters in Computer Science.

Steven is married and has chosen Western New York in which to raise a family. At Lockheed Martin Steven worked on training simulators, so he can fly an Apache helicopter, F-35 fighter jet and drive an M1 tank. That last one has got to help you live in Buffalo.

Welcoming Angela Gunther

Our new Manager of Recruitment comes to us from Clinical Support Services, Inc, where she served as the Human Resources Manager. Angela earned her MBA in Marketing and Management at St. Bonaventure University, and a BS from West Virginia University, College of Business and Economics.

Angela is married with three children under the age of nine but she still tries to follow the Bills, Sabres, Bonnies and Mountaineers. With three under nine, we can’t imagine she has time for much else.

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.