One of the principal owners of Niagara Falls Redevelopment has stepped down as chairman of the New York State Thruway Authority and Canal Corp.’s Board of Directors.
Howard Milstein’s resignation from the board was confirmed late Wednesday by officials from the thruway authority who released a statement thanking him for his years of service.
“After nearly four years of highly distinguished service, Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation Chairman Howard P. Milstein has resigned from the board of directors to focus on his many business interests, “ Thruway spokesman Dan Weiller said in a statement. “We thank him for his dedication and service to the Thruway Authority, Canal Corp. and the people of the state of New York.”
Milstein served four years as chairman of the thruway board, which oversees and operates roughly 641 miles of highway state-wide. He was appointed to the position by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Multiple media outlets reported Wednesday that Milstein’s official resignation came a week before the deadly late November snowstorm that swept across parts of Western New York. The thruway authority came under criticism for its response to the storm which left many motorists stranded for hours on parts of the Thruway near Buffalo.
In Niagara Falls, Milstein and his brother, Edward, co-own NFR, a firm that has amassed, through various affiliates, more than 400 parcels of land inside an exclusive development territory in the downtown area.
Authority officials say they are currently looking for a replacement for Milstein as board chair. His departure is not expected to have any impact on any aspects of the authority’s operation.