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NFTA board to add new member

Transit riders will have a new voice on the NFTA board.

During the fight over service cuts and fare increases, some of the most vocal testimony at public hearings involved people with disabilities who need Metro Bus and Rail to get around to jobs, to homes, to health care.

They had no voice when the decisions were actually made.

Under legislation signed into law by Governor Cuomo, that's changing.

He signed a bill adding another member, a non-voting member, who is a transit-dependent person with disabilities.

State Senator George Maziarz sponsored the bill.

"It's very significant in that it gets a member of the community that's challenged, physically challenged as a non-voting member on the NFTA board," Maziarz said.

"It puts them inside the board room when decisions are being made."

Maziarz says he's still working on getting more Niagara County residents mandated on the board.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.