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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Dragon Boat Festival Honors the NFTA


NFTA was recently recognized with an award for its continued support of the Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Team, in conjunction with the 2nd annual Dragon Boat Festival held at Gallagher Beach on June 15.   Chris Todorov, Manager of NFTA’s Boat Harbor, was in involved in the logistical details of the event, including safety precautions and dock assembly.

Welcome, Maureen Okruch


Maureen Okruch has joined the Authority as our Payroll Manager.  A new position, it is connected with the revamping of the Authority’s payroll system and our conversion to a computerized payroll system.

Maureen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from D’Youville College.   Her previous work experience includes an impressive 22 years at the Visiting Nursing Association, serving in accounting, payroll and human resource management positions.   
Congratulations and welcome to Maureen.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Customer Appreciation Night


On Wednesday, June 19, as part of the Authority’s sponsorship with the Buffalo Bisons, NFTA-Metro held its Customer Appreciation Night at Coca Cola Field.  Upon entering the gates, all individuals received a Metro token giveaway as well as a $2 discount off of game tickets to those attendees showing valid Metro proof of fare.  

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Serving up a commendation

Operator Linda Mucha and
Cold Spring Operations Mgr. Chris Antholzner 

As Metro Bus Operator Linda Mucha achieves retirement, she has received an endearing letter of gratitude for excellent customer service from her self-proclaimed “biggest fan,” Richard Cianciosi.  Mr.  Cianciosi bonded with Linda during bus trips to and from ECC North where he was attending classes in pursuit of a career in food service.  Linda’s previous experience in the industry seemed almost fateful, and he came to consider Linda his unofficial mentor.

Firefighter Award

Chief Putney and Scott Seib
On May 16, Scott Seib, one of BNIA’s newest firefighter recruits, was recognized for his dedication in the New York State Fire Academy Recruit Training Program with the “Basic Training Firefighter Professionalism Award.” Scott had been nominated by his peers and instructors for his perseverance and professionalism. The 2013 Recruit Firefighting Basic Training class was held for 11-weeks and consisted of 27 individuals.

Friday, June 14, 2013

NFTA honored with security award

The NFTA was recently awarded a Certificate of Merit for Security by the American Public Transportation Association, for its policing initiatives as a part of the 2013 Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards. This recognition is the result of the authority’s commitment to increasing rail safety and security on our Metro Rail system. The Transit Police have made these commitments a reality; and as such, counter-terrorism has been a top priority in recent years.

Meet Mary


Mary Padasak, NFTA’s new Environmental Engineer, is an optimist both at home and at work.  After overcoming Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and obtaining remission as of December 2012, Mary displays an unforced, content disposition.  In her new role, her primary objective is to increase sustainability efforts and set a commendable example to other local organizations.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

See Say App

Brandon Boyette, VP Student Government at
Erie Community College, demonstrates the app
Today the NFTA Transit police introduced their very own See Say app at a press event at Metro's LaSalle Station.  Specifically created for the NFTA, the app, gives people the ability to easily and instantly report suspicious activity to a dispatcher in the NFTA police communications center, while on a Metro bus, a train, in a rail station, at the Buffalo Niagara and Niagara Falls International Airports or at the NFTA-Boat Harbor.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Ride for Missing Children


Gary Bennet (left)
Service Planning’s Gary Bennett rode in this year’s Ride for Missing Children, Fri. May 31.  The 101-mile circuit included silent tributes to children, missing and recovered and covered a good portion of Western New York.