The Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Steuben Counties Southern Tier Extension Railroad Authority (STERA) announced the election of Bill Daly as chairman of the organization. Daly, who is Administrative Director/CEO of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency, and Director of the Planning and Economic Development for Chautauqua County, has served for six years on the STERA Board. He was elected after the resignation of John Margeson of Allegany County, who had been the long-time chairman.
"Bill Daly has been such an outstanding member of the board, showing great insight into the importance of good Class 3 freight rail service to the Southern Tier. This was a great choice by the board - we are in very good hands," stated Jim Griffin, board member from Steuben County.
"It is an honor to be elected Chairman of STERA. We need to continuously seek ways to improve rail service from Meadville to Hornell. We have a great partnership amongst the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad, LLC (WNYPA), the staff at Southern Tier West who act as corporate officers, and the STERA Board," Daly said.
Carl Belke, President/COO of the WNYP, added, "It is so important we have a leader in economic development like Bill Daly as Chairman of STERA. He is recognized not only in the region, but statewide for his expertise. This gives us great confidence as we move forward to constantly upgrade the rail line and our railroad to provide quality service to businesses in the region."
STERA is headquartered in Salamanca. The corporate officers are: Richard Zink, CEO; John Foels, treasurer; and Tom Barnes, secretary. The WNYP operates a system centered on Olean. The Southern Tier Extension heads east to the Norfolk Southern Railway's (NS' Southern Tier Line at Hornell and West to NS at Meadville, with a branch continuing to the Oil City area). Since 2007, the WNYP also operates the former Norfolk Southern Buffalo line from Driftwood, PA to Machias, NY.