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March 17, 2014

Sloma returning as county IDA chair

A familiar face will once again lead the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency's Board of Directors. 

During the board's annual organizational meeting on Monday, members agreed to restore Henry Sloma to the role of chairman. 

Sloma replaces former Chairman Michael Tucker, who stepped down from the board last month as part of his decision to resign as mayor of the City of Lockport. 

Sloma previously served for as board chairman from April 2005 through January 2013 before submitting his resignation. The Niagara County Legislature reappointed Sloma to the board earlier this year. 

In accepting the chairmanship on Monday, Sloma thanked his colleagues for showing confidence in him. He praised members of the board's governance committee for taking steps in recent months to adopt a formal policy on requiring companies receiving incentives through the agency to hire local labor whenever possible. 

"Hopefully, my years of experience here will be helpful going forward," Sloma said. 

Sloma also praised Tucker for his service to the board, suggesting the agency send a formal letter to the former mayor thanking him for his service.

"He was always a valued member because he wasn't afraid to speak up and he always voted his conscience and we hope all of our board members can do that," Sloma said. 

The board also elected Stephen Brady as first vice chair, Mark Onesi as second vice chair, Deanna Alterio Brennan as secretary, Kevin McCabe as assistant secretary and Samuel Ferraro as treasurer. 

Following the meeting, Sloma acknowledged a private business partnership with Jerald Wolfgang, the newest appointee to the NCIDA's nine-member board. The legislature appointed Wolfgang to the board earlier this month. 

Sloma and Wolfgang are part of a group that owns Medical Realty Partnership, a local company that operates a rental property at 3018 Military Road. 

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