David N. Greenfield of Lockport was appointed to the NFTA Board of Commissioners Tuesday, replacing veteran Niagara County representative Glenn S. Hackett.
Greenfield, a Republican, was nominated Monday to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority board by Gov. Cuomo and confirmed Tuesday by the State Senate.
A district manager for New York State Electric & Gas Corp., Greenfield will serve a four-year term that expires June 30, 1994.
"I hope I can rely on my background experience to bring a real common-sense and down-to-earth approach to the process," Greenfield said. "I anticipate it will be challenging."
Greenfield, 50, said he did not know why the governor had picked him.
He said he first learned officially that he was being considered for the nomination the last week in May. He was told late Monday that he was to be nominated and would face Senate confirmation Tuesday, he said.
"It came so quickly and so fast that I am really not super-familiar with a lot of details," Greenfield said.
He said he was excited to be part of the process and part of a "dynamic civic system."
"I'm usually not one to sit back and let the world pass me by," he said.
Hackett's term expired June 30, and sources inside and outside the NFTA have speculated for several months that Cuomo probably would not reappoint him.
Greenfield's name surfaced as a possible replacement in January.
"I'd heard there was a possibility I would not be reappointed," Hackett said Tuesday. "I'm certainly not happy about it."
Hackett, a Democrat and former Niagara County attorney, said he has always supported Cuomo in the past but is disappointed the governor did not reappoint him.
Hackett said he thought he did a good job representing Niagara County on the NFTA board, citing his efforts to locate the industrial incubator building at Niagara Falls International Airport and the International Transportation Center for buses in downtown Niagara Falls and his support for a study on a people-mover system in Niagara Falls. Hackett is a Lewiston resident.
A member of the board since 1981, Hackett emerged in the past two years as a spokesman for a bloc of commissioners that often challenged staff recommendations.
"I felt I made the tough decisions when they had to be made," Hackett said.
Greenfield has worked for New York State Electric & Gas for 24 years, the last 20 years in management at various levels.