Raising Concern Over Chick-Fil-A's NFTA Deal

Assemblyman Raises Concern Over Company's Policies

Chick-FIl-A holds grand opening on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga. November 29, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Controversy brewing over a proposed second Chick-Fil-A in Western New York.

The NFTA says it's revamping the food court at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, with Chick-Fil-A set to be the anchor attraction. The plan though, is running in to opposition.

"The problem with Chick-Fil-A is that they have a long history of supporting anti gay and LGBT organizations and policies," said Assemblyman Sean Ryan. "We're not happy about the NFTA choosing to do business with a corporation that funds hateful and divisive groups."

Ryan points specifically to a $1.6 Million donation the Chick-Fil-A Foundation gave to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

The Assemblyman said that typically it should be up to consumers to decide whether or not they see a problem, but this scenario is different.

"Certainly in a private setting, 100%," Ryan Said. "Chick-Fil-A recently opened a store on a private property. Once you come in to do a lease with a governmental entity, that's a different story."

A similar situation is bubbling in Texas, where the San Antonio City Council voted last week to block Chick-fil-A from getting a new concession contract at the airport. Texas' attorney general yesterday opened an investigation into that decision.

Ryan told WBEN that he believes his constituents stand behind him on the issue, but was unsure if there was an effective way to block the NFTA's decision.

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