Attempt to Oust NFTA's Meckler Fails

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 9, 2010 at 11:34 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 9, 2010 at 11:34 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Larry Meckler will remain the Executive Director of the NFTA, a job he has held for 13 years.

On Wednesday, the authority's commissioners met to discuss the "dismissal/replacement of the Executive Director."

Sources say the effort to oust Meckler was headed by Acting Chairman Henry Sloma, who some accuse of wanting Meckler's job for himself.

"I am not interested in any position here - I continue to serve an acting chair until the Governor appoints a chair," Sloma told the ten-member board.

After spending one hour in a closed-door executive session to discuss Meckler's future, he emerged with his job intact.

"I feel the board gave me a full vote of confidence,' Meckler said, adding that he was never concerned that his job was jeopardy.

Meckler could still find himself out of a job in a few months when he is eligible for an early retirement program that's being offered by the state and was approved by the NFTA at the same meeting.

Meckler did not indicate if he would take early retirement when it becomes an option on August 15.