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Surgeon to be nominated as an NFTA commissioner

Democrats in the Erie County Legislature plan to recommend a surgeon to serve as a Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority commissioner.

Legislature Chairwoman Betty Jean Grant, a Buffalo Democrat, will seek a vote to recommend Dr. Wesley L. Hicks Jr., a head and neck surgeon, to fill a vacancy on the NFTA’s Board of Commissioners.

If approved by the full Legislature on Thursday, the recommendation would go to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for a nomination.

Hicks, of Angola, is chairman of the Department of Head & Neck Surgery/Plastic Reconstructive Surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and is a professor at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

The Democrats, in a resolution, cited Hicks’ “solid credentials and a deep commitment to our region” and his “energy and enthusiasm for the appointment.”

If his nomination is approved by Cuomo, Hicks would fill a commissioner’s seat left open after James J. Eagan resigned.