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New York Governor Appoints Former Football Star to State Tourism Council

Jan 18, 2014 2:05 pm

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Tourism to upstate New York has become priority for NY Governor Cuomo who has directed millions towards new marketing initiatives and activated his advisory board.

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Thurman Thomas in an ESPN Weekend Motorcade down Hollywood Boulevard at Disney's Hollywood Studios on February 26, 2010. Jeff Kern / Flickr


Former Buffalo Bills star running back Thurman Thomas has been appointed to the New York State Tourism Advisory Council by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

In making the announcement Friday, Cuomo says he was recommending that the NFL Hall of Fame member fill the position of vice chairman. The governor said the retired football star has shown a commitment to the state both on and off the field.

Thomas lives in the Buffalo area and owns a sports training center outside the city. He was a standout on the Bills teams that went to four straight Super Bowls in the early 1990s. He retired in 2001 as Buffalo’s career rushing leader.

The tourism council advises the governor on the state’s tourism efforts. Council members typically come from tourism-related industries. Appointments are a two-year, unpaid position.

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