Niagara Gazette


January 14, 2013

CITY DESK: So long to the 'Silver Fox'


Niagara Gazette — An NFTA union boss once told me how he invited all the members of the NFTA’s board down to the bus garage to see how things really operated and to learn a little about the daily life of the drivers. He said he respected Sloma because he was the one — the only — to show up, even getting behind the wheel to learn the ins and outs of bus safety. 

Our contributor Ken Hamilton will tell you that when he was approached by some concerned residents about the need for a bus shelter outside the new Walmart on Military Road, Sloma not only listened but made sure the NFTA installed a shelter on the property. 

In other words, while Sloma will be remembered most for his often brazen style and attitude, he did more than just the stuff that found its way onto the front page of the newspapers. 

Sloma announced last week that he’s chaired his last meeting as the head of the NCIDA’s board. He said he’s going to do some work with a consulting company he’s involved in and doesn’t want it to pose a conflict of interest down the road.

It better not because he can bet the house that someone here at the Niagara Gazette will call him on it. 

Who knows, I may end up being the one doing the calling and the asking. 

And, yes, it’s possible Sloma will become so annoyed that he’ll hang up on me again — one last time, for old time’s sake. 

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