After the San Antonio City Council, Texas, effectively prevented Chick File A from opening a franchise at the airport, we noted that this was a violent attack on the free market based entirely on the municipality's ability to punish a private sector business. for the owner's speech or religious beliefs. Clearly, not everyone took the constructive criticism to heart because we now see the same thing in the other end of the country. Up in Buffalo, New York, Buffalo Niagara International Airport has planned a new restaurant area for travelers. On Thursday, the contractors working on the project made a mistake talking to the public about their "excitement" by having a Chick file A franchise there.
It experienced a democratic state assembly's attention that immediately launched a public attack on the decision. In almost record time, a new announcement came out saying that the plans had changed and that the flying audience could not get any of the delicious meals from Chick File A. (WNBF Radio)
A New York State Assemblyman says that a Chick-fil-A restaurant that had been scheduled as part of an airport renovation project will not open after all.
The operators of Buffalo Niagara International Airport Thursday expressed excitement about a new on-site restaurant area that will include a Chick file A unit.
Assemblyman Sean Ryan was not happy with the news …
Ryan wrote: "Chick-File-A has a long history of support and funding for anti-LGBTQ organizations." He urged the airline operators to reverse the decision.
After it became clear that the state government was watching, congregation Sean Ryan was quickly contacted by the responsible authorities. It seems they heard his complaints and told him that Chick File A was dropped from the plans. This sent him back to social media for a victory lap.
Update: I applaud the decision made to remove Chick File A from plans for Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Thanks to everyone who went out to share their opinion. pic.twitter.com/HA5t1CjwkV
– March 29, 2019 This is a little different from the San Antonio case, but not much. In Texas, the City Council voted directly to ban Chick-Fil-A based on no more than the CEO's religious beliefs and speech. In New York things work a little differently. The handling of contracts for such work at airports (which can and includes tax-funded gift money and secured loans) is not directly controlled by the state. In the case of this region, all this work goes through a body known as the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.
NFTA is not exactly a government body. It is a New York State Public Benefit Corporation which means it operates as a quasi-private company. But there are 12-member boards of commissioners are almost all appointed after they have been nominated by the governor. (The county communist gets to nominate two of them.) They control many taxpayers' money and earn some good salaries, so when someone in the majority speaks, they hear. NFTA is responsible for all decisions on contractors working for them at the two airports in the region, including the details of the new restaurant area. In fact, in the Assemblyman Ryan's victory tweet, you will notice that he even sent out a not very subtle message to the NFTA.
"We hope in the future NFTA will do its utmost to contract with companies that adhere to anti-discriminatory policies and we are confident that another provider that better represents the values of the Western New York community will replace Chick -fil-A as part of this project in the near future. "
The message here is very clear. The state government looks at you, NFTA, and you owe your jobs to us. So do business with "the right kind of people" or it will spell trouble for you.
No one has even suggested that Chick-File-A does not meet food safety standards, hygiene conditions, employment practices or anything else. Their only complaint is based on opinions and religious beliefs of the company's CEO. And for that they are strongly out of the market. All this happens in normal view, but so far there seems to be nothing to do with it.