Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas has been tapped for a seat on the state’s Tourism Advisory Council, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.
Thomas, the former Buffalo Bills great, will serve a two-year, unpaid term on the 18-member board, which advises Cuomo on issues related to the state’s tourism industry. Cuomo also recommended to the panel that Thomas serve as its vice chair.
“For more than a decade, Mr. Thomas represented Buffalo on the football field and was part of the Bills team that went to the Super Bowl four times in a row,” Cuomo said in a statement Friday. “He has shown a commitment to the Empire State both on and off the field. Now Mr. Thomas will be using his experience to help make upstate New York a premier destination for visitors from around the globe and continue to grow our tourism industry.”
He has also been outspoken in favor of a number of Republican candidates over the years, including Cuomo’s 2010 opponent Carl Paladino. Thomas recorded a television advertisement for Paladino, defending the Buffalo businessman against charges of racism.
In a statement distributed by Cuomo’s office, Thomas said he is “honored” by the appointment.
“I know how important it is to the governor that Buffalo and Western New York receive the proper representation and promotion,” Thomas said. “I look forward to making that happen.”
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