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April 3, 2009


DiNapoli Appoints Mesiah To
Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced today that he nominated Frank B. Mesiah to the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority.

“With more than 20 years in public service and numerous leadership roles throughout the Buffalo area, I know Frank Mesiah will be an invaluable member of the authority,” DiNapoli said. “Frank is a respected member of the business, academic and non-profit communities in Western New York whose vast experience surely will be an asset to the authority.”

“I am honored Comptroller DiNapoli selected me to serve as a member of the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority,” Mesiah said. “Buffalo’s fiscal health is critical to the region and the state. I look forward to working with the other members of the authority to ensure Buffalo is on solid financial footing well into the future."

Mesiah is an active volunteer and currently is the president of the Buffalo Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People as well as the first vice president of the NYS Conference of NAACP Branches. He is also a board member of the Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation, the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, the Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of WNY, Corporate YMCA of Greater Buffalo and the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc. He also serves as secretary to the Black Leadership Forum.

Mesiah is a recipient of numerous awards including the Buffalo News Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award, NAACP Medgar Evers Award, Evans/Young Urban League Award, Outstanding Alumni Award of Buffalo State College and YMCA Greater Buffalo Award.

His previous experience includes serving as the regional administrator for the New York State Department of Labor and as an instructor at Canisius College and Cornell University. Mesiah holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from SUNY College at Buffalo.

Mesiah replaces Wade S. Norwood who is resigning from the authority. The State Comptroller has one appointment to the authority.


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