Shorter NFTA

22 Oct

Shorter NFTA:  Despite our decades-long track record of sitting on outer harbor land and doing nothing with it, we will not turn it over to ECHDC until we are satisfied that ECHDC will not sit on that land for decades doing nothing with it.

Shorter Shorter NFTA: We know fail.

6 Responses to “Shorter NFTA”

  1. Brian Wood October 22, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    Hey, I used to take my dog down there and let him run around. I saw deer, fox, turkeys, herons, cormorants–loads of wildlife–within a golf shot or two from downtown Buffalo. That’s gotta be worth something, eh?

  2. Michael October 22, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    Yeah, I love the explanation in Esmonde’s column. “We want to be sure something will happen with this land to ensure we maintain our monopoly on efficiently doing nothing and making a killing doing so.”

  3. BobbyCat October 22, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    Some years ago there were two trophy whitetail bucks (probably brothers) hanging around the brush near the inbound Skyway. Thousands of commuters probably saw them. It’s the NFTA wildlife sanctuary.

    Donn Esmonde and Jim Heaney and Alan Bedenko write about these bone-headed, do-nothing, lily-livered , sometimes corrupt bureaucrats and pols but nothing seems to change. These public figures have girded themselves against any criticism, and, like Marion Berry, cannot be shamed into acting responsibly.

    I suggest (again) that a Buffalo Hall of Shame be erected (perhaps on some vacant lot) and erect a plastic bust and some cheap plaque citing the transgressions of the honorees. You could start with Larry (let’s wait and see) Meckler, Politboro Commissars Ward & Mohr, Antoine (I make Christine O’Donnell look like Aristotle) Thompson, and many,many more. Bring your own rotten tomatoes

  4. Ward October 22, 2010 at 11:55 am #

    Gee — it seemed to make perfect sense to have a bus company managing lakeshore development and tourism …
    Also, who remembers the “Horizons Waterfront Commission” — run by a former District Attorney? (Thank you, Dennis Gorski.)

  5. Ward October 22, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    Here’s a nice historical account by Scott Thomas in Business First from 2004:

  6. Hapklein October 23, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    NFTA is just waiting for the return of Great Lakes shipping and a resurgence of Detroit. They know they will have a coups when they resurrect those car ferries and deliver cars to the waterfront. I hope they can find that old traveling crane that sat rusting down there.
    For about five years in the early sixties NFTA was able to use it to unload a shipload of special clay two or three time a year.
    After that salt storage was the big money maker.
    Since then potential use and planning for it has been their main task.
    They did have some beauts for port managers in that time. One was so sharp he was hired to manage the installation of a port in the middle east. But some confusion occurred and they built the port several miles from where it was supposed to be.
    Actually NFTA and the outer harbor have been an source of amusement to this writer for decades. The used the stone from the New Cathedral for bank stabilization back in the mid-1970’s. Thus the NFTA gave Buffalo is the only port on the Great Lakes with a sanctified shoreline. Only here could it happen.

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