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Former Cuomo appointee to Peace Bridge speaks out

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -- Patrick Whalen, the former Cuomo administration appointee to the Peace Bridge Authority, this morning released a written statement on the border dispute.

Whalen, who last month resigned his authority job when the Peace Bridge dispute began to worsen, first broke his silence on the issue, as well as legislation pending in Albany to dissolve the authority, in a story in today's Buffalo News. Whalen is chief operating officer of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Here is the statement he released this morning:

"Having been involved in border logistics all of my adult life and having served recently on the PBA board, recently many people have been asking me to weigh in with my thoughts on the current Peace Bridge controversy.

So here it is: In my opinion, there is nothing more important to the efficient operation of the Buffalo plaza and the functionality of the bridge itself than moving Commercial (truck) Inspection to Fort Erie. No matter what entity runs the bridge and its' plazas, until the US-bound trucks are processed in Fort Erie, the bridge itself and Buffalo plaza will continue to be inefficient.

My grave concern about the proposed NYS legislation is that it might jeopardize the pilot project which involves moving commercial pre-inspection to Fort Erie. Removing the trucks from the bridge and the Buffalo plaza is a vitally important opportunity for our community. Another way to do that would be to merge the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and the PBA; then through tolls, encourage most trucks to use the Lewiston Queenston Bridge after making improvements to the Lewiston Plaza."

 

 

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Tom Precious

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Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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