After the City of San Antonio, Texas, it prevented Chick-fil-A from opening an airport franchise, considering that it is an aggressive assault on the free market based exclusively on the supposed capacity of the municipal government to punish a private sector business. for the discourse of its owner or for religious beliefs. It is clear that not everyone took this constructive criticism of heart because we now see the same thing in the other extreme of the country. In Buffalo, New York, Buffalo Niagara International Airport has been planning the construction of a new restaurant area for travelers. On Thursday, contractors working on the project made the mistake of public speaking of their "emotion" to have a Chick-fil-A franchise.
This called for the attention of an assembly of the Democratic State that immediately launched a public attack to the decision. In an almost record time, a new announcement appeared that said the plans had changed and that the flying public could not pick up any of the delicious meals of Chick-fil-A. (WNBF Radio)
A New York State assembly says that a Chick-fil-A restaurant that had been planned as part of an airport renewal project will not open after all.
The operators at Buffalo Niagara International Airport on Thursday expressed their enthusiasm for a new restaurant area that would include a Chick-fil-A unit.
Sean Ryan, the teacher of the assembly, was not happy with the news …
Ryan wrote: "Chick-fil-A has a long history of supporting and financing anti-LGBTQ organizations," he urged the operators to reverse the decision.
After making clear that the government of the state was watching, the person in charge of the assembly, Sean Ryan, was quickly contacted. It seems they heard their complaints and they told him that the Chick-fil-A was being abandoned from the plans. This sent it return to social networks for a lap of victory.
Update: I applaud the decision that was taken to eliminate Chick-fil-A from the plans of the international airport of Buffalo Niagara. Thanks to everyone who came to share their opinion. pic.twitter.com/HA5t1CjwkV
– Sean Ryan Assembly (@ SeanMRyan149) March 29, 2019
This is slightly different from the case of San Antonio, but not much. In Texas, the City Council voted directly to ban Chick-Fil-A based on nothing more than the religious beliefs and discourse of the Chief Executive Officer. In New York, things work a little differently. It is not a matter of managing the contracts of these works at airports (which may include money from the subsidy financed by taxpayers and insured loans). directly controlled by the state government. In the case of this region, all this work goes through an entity known as the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.
ALENA is not exactly a government agency. It is a state of New York corporation of public benefit, which means that it operates as an almost private company. But the board of 12-member commissioners is almost all appointed only after being appointed by the governor. (The county legislature names two of them). They control a lot of the taxpayer's money and earn good salaries, so when someone speaks in the majority, listen. NFTA is in charge of all decisions related to contractors working in both airports in the region, including the details of the new area of restaurants. In fact, in the tweet of the Ryan assembly, you will notice that he even sent a message not very subtle to the ALNC.
"We hope that in the future, ALCF will do everything possible to contract with companies that comply with anti-discrimination policies and we trust that another provider that represents the values of the western community of New York will replace Chick-fil-A as part of this project in the near future. "
The message here is very clear. The state government is watching you, NFTA, and you have to pay for your jobs. So doing business with "the right kind of people" or that will mean problems for you.
Nobody has even suggested that Chick-fil-A does not comply with food safety regulations, health conditions, contracting practices or anything else. His only complaint is based on the opinions and religious beliefs of the CEO of the company. And for this, he is forcing himself to leave the market. All this is happening in the eye, but so far there seems to be nothing to do.