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Friday, October 31, 2014

Let it snow

Exec. Dir. Kimberley Minkel with the Airfield Crew. Click to view more.
The Airfield crew at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport held an open house Thursday, Oct. 30. The big machines are ready for whatever winter throws at us this year and the award-winning team that drives and maintains the plows, blowers and sanders is eager to crank them up.

Mechanic, Welder, Inventor

Buffalo Airport mechanic and welder John Kwasniewski got a little frustrated with the broom trucks last winter. Hydraulic lines, which cause the brooms to raise, lower and angle, continuously froze and broke. John designed a special metal fitting to keep the lines from becoming coated in ice and subsequently breaking under pressure.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NFTA Metro Shines at Light the Night Walk

On September 26, six NFTA Metro staff members along with family and friends participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk at Delaware Park.

Light the Night is a fundraising event of the LLS, which brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors, as well as those lost to the diseases. The event “shines a light” on the importance of finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

Barbara Thomas helped coordinate the event authority-wide as its team captain. She was assisted by staff volunteers on each floor of the MTC, from the three bus stations and at the rail who helped sell individual $1 sponsorships.   The NFTA Metro team raised over $1,700 for this worthy cause. Also, at the event, the team displayed a special banner for two fellow employees, Tom Carroll and Larry Watkins, who have been fighting their own personal battles with Leukemia.

Congratulations to everyone who was involved with this extraordinary event on behalf of NFTA Metro.

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.