NFTA Transporter

Monday, June 19, 2017

Thumbs up for public transportation


Metro's Public Transit Dir. Tom George and
happy rail rider
It saves money, helps the environment and brings communities together-here at the NFTA, we are passionate about public transportation. On June 15, we went out and spread the word on the many benefits of our Metro bus and rail system. This was all part of national, “Dump the Pump Day,” an event started by the American Public Transportation Association.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Feeling the Corporate Challenge love

Another great finish for the NFTA at the 37th annual JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge. The NFTA and NITTEC fielded a team of 25 athletes, posting some very respectable times. You can see them here.

Schedule some time to say hello to Tim Henderson


Please join in welcoming Tim Henderson to the authority. Tim is the newest addition to the service planning team, serving in the function of service scheduler.

Originally from West Seneca, Tim recently moved back to the region from Utah where he served as an aircraft maintenance scheduling manager in the United States Air Force for 20 years. During his time as a technical sergeant in the Air Force, Tim has had the opportunity live in numerous exciting places including Japan and Alaska.  Immediately prior to coming to the NFTA, Tim worked as a Project Manager for a solar installation company.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Transit Police Lieutenant John Ford recognized with Award

NFTA Transit Police Lt. John Ford and Lead Firearms Instructor, was honored at the 26th Annual Community Service Award Ceremony held at Salvatore Italian Gardens on Thursday, May 18.  The annual event celebrates the dedication and outstanding contributions of individuals in local law enforcement.

Lt. Ford, who has been with the Transit Police since 2002, was recognized for the implementation of a program that provides officers with increased range time and firearms instruction to increase their shooting proficiency.   

Please join in congratulating Lt. Ford on this extraordinary achievement.

Say Hello to Sheila Keane

Sheila Keane joins NFTA as its new paralegal. In her role she will be assisting the legal team with matters related to personal injury, property damage and no-fault litigation. Sheila holds an AAS in Paralegal studies from Erie Community College and has over 20 years experience in the legal field.

Sheila currently resides in Buffalo with her two daughters, Kaylah and Anna, whom are both in college, D'Youville and Buffalo State respectively. In her spare time she enjoys biking, finding unique goodies at farmers markets and doing yoga. She is also currently training as a volunteer for Explore Buffalo with the intent to become a docent.  Her summer plans include brushing up on some of Buffalo's history and visiting local breweries for some special tastes!

Please join in welcoming Sheila to NFTA!

John DePaolo, Brewing Up Good Things

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has a new litigation attorney, John DePaolo, who will be working in the office of the General Counsel. His role will include personal injury defense as well as the resolution of no-fault matters.

John formerly worked for the Bouvier Partnership, LLP, in Buffalo where he served as a trial attorney handling all phases of complex civil litigation. Prior to that, John served as an Assistant District Attorney in Worcester, MA, where he was a prosecutor in charge of major felony cases. In addition, John was a member of the International Longshoreman Association Local 1273, in Houston, Texas, where he was a union laborer loading and unloading of ships that carried such items as coffee, rice, automobiles, rawhides and steel.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Safety First

Chief George Gast at FMD
In conjunction with NFTA’s HSEQ Department, Transit Police Chief George Gast and his team have been offering active-shooter awareness training for employees. The elective one-hour sessions began last fall and were designed to address the importance of being theoretically equipped to act quickly should a live-shooter incident occur at the workplace.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Helen Tederous named NFTA's new Public Affairs Director

Helen Tederous has been named as the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's new Public Affairs Director. In her position, she will be responsible for development and implementation of NFTA's comprehensive communications strategy and objectives. She will also assist in providing direction to protect and enhance the organization's mission to deliver the best in class public transportation for Western New York.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Pssst . . . new security guy

David Wilde is the NFTA's first-ever IT Security Manager. A new position at the Authority, David comes to us just in time. Network and information integrity have become serious issues around the world, and it’s now his job to make sure they don’t become serious issues for the Authority. David is a lifetime resident of Amherst.

Make a welcoming environment for our new Director, HSEQ

Lyle Death (pronounced ‘Deeth’!) is our new Director, Health Safety and Environmental Quality. Coming off a post as Chief Operating Officer at Crossett, Inc. Lyle was also a Director, Safety Health and Environmental Services with Praxair, Inc. where he managed the national environmental and health services support resources across the country, overseeing as many as 150 locations with over 2,500 employees. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University.

Lyle resides in Orchard Park with Ellen, his wife of 36 years. They are blessed with two daughters and four young grandchildren that they love spending time with. Lyle enjoys working in their gardens, golfing, and finding other excuses to be outside.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Safety and Service Awards 2017

More Photos
This year's Service and Safety Awards luncheon were held Sunday, April 30, recognizing outstanding Metro bus and train operators and vehicle maintenance workers. It also acknowledges NFTA employees with 25 years of service.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

BNIA Brings Home the Cup

Chris McBride BNIA Airfield Operations
The 51st International Aviation Snow Symposium took place in Buffalo last week for the 32nd consecutive year, and, as in the past it was a resounding success. All indications are that the programs were informational in providing “best practices” with regard to airfield operations and a good time was had by all.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Welcome, Amy Hughes

Amy Hughes joins the NFTA as its Manager of Recruitment. Her position involves networking with the community to assist in filling the NFTA’s vacancies.

Legislature Honors C. Douglas Hartmayer

 Chairman John Mills, Legislator Edward A. Rath III,
NFTA Executive Director Kimberley Minkel, C. Douglas Hartmayer.
NFTA Spokesman Doug Hartmayer has overseen the Transporter since its inception. As such, he hasn’t been it. He has always found self-promotion unseemly. But news is news, so we’re not going to run this story by him before we post it.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Officer Capretto Saves Baby

NFTA Police Officer David Capretto is being credited with saving the life of a 3-month-old on the morning of March 15.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wellness, Despite the Weather


Pat Kaleta, Kimberley Minkel, Michael Peca 
This year's Wellness Fair was Wednesday March 15 at the NFTA's Metropolitan Transportation Center. It completely ignored the ill and unfair weather outside.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

NFTA Staff Climb 470 Steps for the ALA

L-R: Mike, Kevin, Rachel, Carolyn, Tim,  Maggie,
Emma, Patrick and Nate.  Front: Mike
On Saturday, March 11, over 600 individuals, of which 150 were firefighters, attended the annual American Lung Association's Buffalo Air Climb at Main Place Tower to take on 24 flights of stairs (470 steps) to advocate for lung health awareness and help save lives.  In addition to its advertising sponsorship, NFTA also supported the event with two climb teams; a ten-person civilian team that was coordinated by Mike Moore and an Aircraft Rescue Firefighter team from BNIA which included Assistant Chief Bill Major and five firefighters.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Christine Farrow, All Smiles and Not Just for the Camera!

Christine Farrow has a great reason to show off her pearly whites as she has been promoted to NFTA's new Manager of EEO & Diversity Development. In her role she will manage the authority's Equal Employment Opportunity/
Affirmative Action programs, as well as develop, coordinate and deliver diversity training. Christine joined the authority in 2007 as the Superintendent of Special Services and was promoted to Manager of Employee Assistance in 2014.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Great Things Are Happening at OCC

Sharon and Tiffany
Great things going on in Transportation.  Sharon Weber was recently promoted to Metro's Deputy Superintendent. Sharon has had a long-standing career at NFTA beginning in 1992 where she started in the Metro Payroll Department.  Since then she has worked in Service Planning and as an ATU Clerk Typist.  Prior to taking on her current role, she was the Transportation Support Specialist which has now been awarded to Tiffany Brown who joined NFTA in 2016 as the MTC Receptionist..