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Monday, August 26, 2013

Special Service Awards

Last week Transit Police Chief George Gast, and Director of Surface Transportation Tom George, presented special service awards to two Metro Bus operators for outstanding devotion to our community.

Day of Caring 2013

A whole mess of people from the NFTA helped clean up at the Riverside Boys and Girls Club as part of this year's 21st Annual United Way Day of Caring.  Thank you to Cynthia Harris, Gary Tamol, Sinclair Fabor, Samuel Nevilles, Steve Harkiewicz, Teresa Justinger, William Moran, Donna Danner, Mary Schreiner, Thomas Danner, Corey Hacker (not picutred: Kendall Rush and Annmarie Kelley) for taking the time to help make this community a better place.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Welcome Brigette Whitmore

Brigette Whitmore joins NFTA’s legal team as Associate Counsel where she will be working under the direction of the General Counsel. Brigette is originally from Batavia but attended law school on a scholarship at the esteemed Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan. She moved back to the Western New York area in summer of 2011 and passed the BAR exam in February 2012. Her professional experience includes working at the Erie County Attorney’s Office as well as the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

Airport partners honored

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport’s Noise Compatibility Program has been a resounding success. So much so, that two officials from the Federal Aviation Administration instrumental in getting the program off the ground have been recognized with a Best Practices award.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A dog day of summer

NFTA Police Chief George Gast and members of the Authority’s K-9 teams were guests at a dedication ceremony, Tue. Aug. 13, in Buffalo’s Black Rock Canal Park. The event unveiled a stone monument honoring dogs that have served, or are serving, in law enforcement across Erie County. It is great to see recognition for those working to keep our community safe – especially those that can’t speak for themselves.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Our Tough Mudders

In order to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Foundation, on July 27, ten BNIA firefighters and their family members competed in the first Western New York hosted Tough Mudder challenge in Andover, New York. The layout of the obstacle course was originally designed by Special Forces to test individuals' all around strength, stamina and grit.

Monday, August 5, 2013

A Taste of Metro

NFTA-Metro's very own James Morrell, Manager of Planning, and Rich McDermott, Manager of Operations, have a longstanding history of contributing to the Taste of Buffalo's remarkable success. James, the longest tenured logistics committee member, assists the team with schedules, and develops, implements and ultimately takes down the entire event. James plays a crucial role in ensuring that vendors, tents, carts, water, radio system and a variety of other factors are in place for this weekend-long event. James stated, "I am very pleased that the logistics committee was able to assist in making the 2013 Taste of Buffalo another successful event."

Business First honors Christine Farrow

Christine Farrow, NFTA's Superintendant of Special Services, who recently celebrated her sixth anniversary at NFTA, has been named one of Business First's Forty Under 40 honorees for 2013. This prestigious award recognizes young professionals' outstanding career achievements and devotion to community involvement. Christine was nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County.  The 22nd annual award ceremony will be held on November 7 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

William L. Holcomb Award

Louis Giardina, NFTA’s Labor Relations Manager, recently received the William L. Holcomb Award from the New York State Public Employer Labor Relations Association.

Named after one of the association's founders, this annual award recognizes individuals displaying exemplary leadership, service, innovativeness and effectiveness throughout the course of one's public sector labor relations career within New York State.

Louis' venerable career within the public sector labor relations sphere has spanned over twenty years. His past experience includes positions with the Erie County Sheriff's Department and City of Buffalo. For the past seven years, Louis has been a respected member of the NFTA family and has effectively assisted the organization on many labor relations matters. Congratulations Lou on this outstanding achievement!

A Makeover at Cold Spring Station

A dedicated team of Cold Spring Station employees is nearing completion of a unique bus refurbishment project under the direction of David Rugg, Bus Maintenance/Equipment Manager. Four, 30-foot fuel efficient buses have been undergoing a cosmetic makeover, including full coats of green paint accompanied with gold decals designed to emulate the look of the 40-foot trolley buses currently used on Route 55T in Niagara Falls. Metro’s trolley buses have a distinctive look and appeal to riders. The overhaul was a way to add additional trolleys back into our current fleet while keeping authority costs down by not having to purchase new vehicles.