Pennsylvania state Rep. Dom Costa, D-Stanton Heights, has been named to the Port Authority of Allegheny County newly expanded board of directors.
The appointment by House Democratic leader Frank Dermody, D-Oakmont, was announced this afternoon.
Mr. Costa will be one of 11 members of the newly expanded board.
Previously, the county executive appointed all nine board members. A new law, signed in July, calls for the board to have 11 members, with five appointees from the state level and six from the county.
Mr. Dermody praised Mr. Costa, a former Pittsburgh police chief and veteran officer, as a "distinguished community leader" who is a lifelong resident of Allegheny County.
"He understands better than most how the city of Pittsburgh is interconnected with the rest of Allegheny County," Mr. Dermody said. "He has been a consistent advocate for mass transit in the state budget process and he approaches his work in Harrisburg with the kind of regional perspective that will be crucial to the success of the Port Authority going forward."
Mr. Costa serves as chairman of the Allegheny County legislative delegation in the House of Representatives.
Last week Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati said he had appointed D. Raja, a Republican businessman and former Mt. Lebanon commissioner, to the board.
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