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Niagara clout sought on NFTA

The Niagara County Legislature still wants the right to appoint three members of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority board of commissioners.

The Legislature passed a resolution Tuesday calling on the State Legislature to change the law that gives the governor the power to appoint the 11 NFTA commissioners.

"We passed it two years ago, and it didn't go anywhere," acknowledged Majority Leader Malcolm A. Needler, R-North Tonawanda.

With a vacancy resulting from the recent death of Luiz F. Kahl, NFTA chairman, Niagara County legislators want the county's representation on the board increased to four from three; it wants the power to choose three of those four.

At present, nothing officially specifies the number of commissioners from each county.

But the Erie County Legislature and county executive each are allowed to recommend one commissioner for appointment by the governor.

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