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New BSA General Manager
August 26, 2015 - Mayor Byron Brown today announced that Oluwole A. “OJ” McFoy will serve as the new General Manager of the Buffalo Sewer Authority (BSA) after a unanimous vote by the Buffalo Sewer Authority Board this morning. A licensed professional engineer, McFoy brings over 18 years of infrastructure design experience and program management to this position which oversees City of Buffalo and regional water quality initiatives.
“OJ McFoy knows water and waste water and has been directly involved with some of Buffalo’s largest projects and programs,” said Mayor Brown. “His combination of experience, integrity and professionalism is why I’m confident he’s the right person to oversee the Buffalo Sewer Authority, creating continued efficiencies that will help us build an even stronger, more resilient city”.
Appointed in 2006, McFoy served as the Chief Engineer for the Buffalo Sewer Authority, responsible for executing the Authority’s $380 million, 20 year plan to minimize the effects of combined sewer overflows on our local waterways. Throughout his tenure with the Authority, he has served in the roles of Chief Operating Officer, leading the asset management efforts, and Chief Financial Officer, managing the $54 million annual budget.
In 2007, McFoy was appointed Chairman of the Buffalo Water Board by Mayor Brown. As Chairman, he oversaw the 2010 transition of the management team, and negotiated a $55 million, ten year public/private agreement with Veolia Water, to provide reliable and professional delivery of water to Buffalo residents. In addition to his chairmanship, McFoy serves on the State Board of New York Water and Environment Association and serves on the Erie County Joint M/WBE Certification Committee.
McFoy stated, “I thank Mayor Byron Brown, members of the Buffalo Sewer Authority Board and BSA Chairman Herbert L. Bellamy, Jr. for their confidence in me. I am honored to take on this opportunity and to serve the citizens of Buffalo to the best of my ability.”
Herbert L. Bellamy, Jr., Chairman of the Board for the Buffalo Sewer Authority stated, “OJ McFoy exemplifies professionalism at all times and it’s been a pleasure to watch him grow and prepare for this leadership position with the BSA. His sound guidance helps educate our board on a regular basis about the state-of-the-art water quality initiatives and technology that will continue to make Buffalo even more efficient, with the best yet to come.”
McFoy, a Buffalo native, graduated from Hutchinson Central Technical High School in 1993. He continued his education through the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program, graduating from Clarkson University in 1998 with his Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. Prior to his appointment at the Buffalo Sewer Authority, McFoy was employed for over 8 years as a Project Engineer, Project Manager, and Discipline Leader at Wendel Companies, a private consulting engineering firm.
McFoy has been the recipient of numerous awards, most notably a 2004 Business First Pathfinder Award and a 2007 Black Achiever’s in Industry Award from 1490 Enterprise’s. In 2013, McFoy was honored to co-host the Annual Black Achiever’s Awards Banquet. McFoy is a member of the Water Environment Federation, American Water Works Association, American Public Works Association, Leadership Buffalo, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
McFoy is also involved in the community. He is a featured speaker at schools, raising awareness and generating interest among young people about engineering careers. He currently volunteers as a Technical Advisor for the Buffalo Engineering Awareness for Minorities (BEAM) program, overseeing its Saturday Academy middle school program.
McFoy resides in the Buffalo Willert Park neighborhood with his wife, Monika, and three young daughters.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios