Buffalo Bites: Democrat State Lawmaker Gets NFTA to Ban Chick-fil-A From Buffalo Airport

The Chick-fil-A at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. Screen grab via CFA.
CFA at Mercedes Benz Stadium
The Chick-fil-A at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. Screen grab via CFA.

Not quite two weeks ago, the San Antonio, TX city council voted to ban Chick-fil-A from opening up a restaurant at the airport for the next seven years. The move came just days after a report detailing the company’s 2017 charitable contributions was published by the liberal Think Progress website.


Not to be outdone, a Democrat state lawmaker in New York apparently used his influence to get the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to nix plans t0 include the restaurant in an upcoming Buffalo Niagara International Airport project.

Fox News reports:

Chick-fil-A will no longer be opening up shop inside Buffalo Niagara International Airport, after a backlash erupted regarding the company’s alleged “anti-LGBTQ rhetoric” and views.

On Thursday, hospitality management company Delaware North and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) gave the green light to renovation plans that would have brought the chicken chain to the Western New York air hub, New York Upstate reports.

Assemblyman Sean Ryan, meanwhile, took to Twitter to call out the NFTA for the decision, arguing that it was wrong for the state-funded entity to do business “with corporations who fund hateful and divisive groups” – specifically, Chick-fil-A’s financial contributions to groups that fuel “anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.”


My Salem Media colleague Matt Margolis over at PJ Media lives in the area and disputes Assemblyman Ryan’s assertion that Chick-fil-A doesn’t represent the values of Western NY:

Chick-fil-A doesn’t represent the values of Western New York? Last fall, a standalone Chick-fil-A opened up in Cheektowaga (a five-minute drive away from the airport) and people were getting in line for the grand opening a day early. I know people who went there on the day of the grand opening, and the lines were so long it was about a three-hour wait. I have been to this location twice myself and had to wait in the drive-thru about a half an hour to order. This location is next to a McDonald’s, too. Obviously, Western New Yorkers like Chick-fil-A and either support their values or don’t care enough to let that get in the way of getting a tasty chicken sandwich.

Unlike the situation in San Antonio, TX where state Attorney General Ken Paxton has gotten involved, don’t expect New York’s Attorney General Letitia James (D) to insert her office into this debate. Not only has New York instituted non-essential government-funded travel bans to any state they perceive as “unfriendly” to the LGBTQ community, but the attorney general’s office is busy doing the left’s bidding in investigating President Trump.


RELATED: Law Firm: If San Antonio Wants To Ban Chick-Fil-A, The City Should Be Ineligible For Federal Grants

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