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Friday, June 24, 2011

Cefalu named new director of HSEQ at NFTA


The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Frank J. Cefalu has been named the authority's new Director of Health, Safety and Environmental Quality.

With over 20-years experience in safety and environmental initiatives, Cefalu will help promote and further enhance the organizational safety and environmental performance levels throughout the organization, which continues to remain a high priority for the NFTA.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Meet the new general counsel


Welcome to our new General Counsel, David J. State, who started this past April. A former assistant state attorney general, David was an administrative law judge with the New York State Office of Temporary Disability and a JAG Officer (Major) for the Trial Counsel, 42nd Infantry Division. An Iraq veteran, he served from May 2004 to Jan. 2006.

Boat Harbor harbors something new


The NFTA Boat Harbor is open for another successful year. Slip rentals are up, the new dock organization is a hit and the place looks better than ever. The harbor is also offering two new features this year. Personal watercraft slips are now available, so people can stow their Jet Skis rather than trailer and unload them every time they want a ride.

The sustainable airport


The Buffalo Niagara International Airport has become one of the only airports in North American developing a sustainable master plan. In concert with Erie Community College, the airport is working towards an efficient, effective community asset that is also a good neighbor.

Snow Symposium: They come here to learn from the best


The Buffalo Niagara International Airport has won the Balchen/Post Award for the sixth time. Presented at the annual Snow Symposium, the award is given to airport snow-control teams that have demonstrated determination and excellence in keeping their respective airport runways open and safe during winter storms. The BNIA took home the honors for medium-sized airports.
Buffalo hosted the 45th Annual Snow Symposium in April. More than 350 airport professionals, responsible for runway operations from around the world, attended.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Metro's new boss


Thomas George is the new director of surface transportation, as of this past April. A licensed engineer, Tom has been involved in transportation issues around this region for the last decade.


For the last eight years George has been the Executive Director of the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition, the agency responsible for monitoring roadways around Western New York and Southern Ontario. It is the only bi-national organization of its kind.

Airport Hospitality Ambassadors to be Honored for Volunteerism


The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that the hospitality ambassadors at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport will celebrate their 11th anniversary Tuesday, March 15 during an 11:30 a.m. luncheon at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Historical Site, 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY.

More service from the NFIA


Direct Air has added another destination from Niagara Falls International Airport: nonstop jet service to the Orlando West, region of Florida. It has also added two new Caribbean destinations beginning November 17. Three nonstop flights will depart each for San Juan, Puerto Rico and Nassau, Bahamas.

Brunette Named NFTA Deputy General Counsel


The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Ms.Vicky-Marie J. Brunette has been named the NFTA's Deputy General Counsel. Brunette, 44, started with the authority in 1994.

In making the announcement, NFTA General Counsel David J. State said, "In addition to handling her current litigation caseload, Brunette will perform General Counsel duties in my absence and play a significant role in implementing compliance initiatives being developed by the authority. This restructuring of the General Counsel's office will improve our ability to serve the authority and the public and I congratulate Vicky on her appointment."