Gregory Stamm received confirmation Wednesday to become chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.
Stamm, 59, a Williamsville attorney, was nominated by Gov. George E. Pataki earlier this month to fill the key regional transportation post left vacant by the death of Chairman Luiz F. Kahl in November.
A member of the NFTA board of commissioners since 2002, the Bronx native has lived in Western New York since going to Canisius College in 1964. He got his law degree at the University at Buffalo.
"I see this as a fantastic opportunity to do great things for this community. I can't wait to get to work," Stamm said.
He credited Kahl with leaving behind a strong management team and fiscally sound public agency.
"We're in a position to get a lot done. There are exciting days ahead," Stamm said.
A former assistant Erie County attorney and counsel to the Erie County Legislature, Stamm also was special counsel to former Erie County Executive Edward V. Regan during a Medicaid probe that lasted from 1976 to 1980.
He has been in private law practice with Stamm & Reynolds for 26 years, returning to public service as legal counsel to the Erie County Fiscal Stability Board since August.
Stamm said he has resigned that post effective with his confirmation to the NFTA.
Long active in local Republican Party politics, Stamm said that while he is still loyal to the party, politics will not be a factor in how he leads the NFTA.
"One of the great things about the NFTA board is its diversity. Politics have no role when we're in that boardroom," he said.