Congressman Richard Hanna has been named to a House panel that will review the nation's freight transportation system and recommend actions that could improve it.

The leaders of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee appointed the Oneida County Republican and ten other House members to serve on the special panel.

The panel's first hearing is scheduled to be held next Wednesday.

In a statement released by his Washington office, Hanna said he's looking forward to sharing his thoughts on "improving the flow of freight across all modes of travel."

One other member of the New York delegation, Democrat Jerrold Nadler, also was appointed to the freight transportation panel.

The panel is to serve for six months.