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					Buffalo Border Information Report: March 21 - 27, 2009

                                               Summary:
   A. Border Related News Media

   Border/Security:
           Cross-border move of plaza again in play - Issue regains traction with Obama
             officials
           Higgins, Lee urge opening of passport office here
           Construction may cause delays at Champlain border
           Bus service to link T.I. Bridge to Syracuse airport
           Experts to meet at corridor forum
           New area port director at Champlain
           Allegheny County Passport Office to help inform about new rules
           Upgrades of Seaway to begin next winter
   Politics:
           Schumer discusses NNY with drug czar pick
   Business/Trade:
           Canada expands its presence in Buffalo
           Labatt USA vows to keep brewing operations in Canada
   Culture/Tourism:
           Waterloo is a region of contrasts
           Bills confirm Toronto interest in second game
   Environment:
           Scientists: Less ice on Great Lakes during winter
           Fisheries manager discusses changes


   B. Border Communications

           Higgins Says Move to Reconsider Shared Border Management at Peace
            Bridge Would Mean More Delays and Money, Less Jobs and Economic
            Growth for WNY & the US
           Global Supply Chain Management conference
           Schumer Meets With Drug Czar Nominee; Calls On Him To Expand High
            Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Designation To Clinton, Franklin, Jefferson
            And St. Lawrence Counties
           CBP Officers Arrest Imposter in New York
           Embassy: Canada's Foreign Policy Newsweekly

   C. Editorials
             Promoting Niagara — Both of them

    D. Citizens Views (write-in letters)


                                                      REPORT:

    A.         Border Related News Media
               Cross-border move of plaza again in play - Issue regains traction with Obama officials
                                         Buffalo News – March 26, 2009

Obama administration officials Wednesday signaled a renewed interest in possibly moving the Peace Bridge truck-
inspection plaza to Canada, a step that would save a historic Buffalo neighborhood — but one that would face huge
diplomatic obstacles. “I do share an interest in that,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano said, while
warning of the difficult differences in U. S. and Canadian law that could stand in the way of such a move. “It is not an
easy thing to accomplish.” Nevertheless, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton — a strong supporter of the “shared
border management” concept while serving as junior senator from New York — remains very interested in trying to move
the plaza to Fort Erie, Ont., said Roberta Jacobson, deputy assistant secretary of state for Canada and Mexico. “We‟re
taking a look at it,” Jacobson said, “but I certainly can‟t give you a timetable at this point.” Napolitano and Jacobson
spoke on the issue in response to questions from The Buffalo News at a conference sponsored by the Brookings
Institution. “I actually think the concept of shared border management is very constant with what I say about how we need
to be thinking about what we want the border to look like 20 years hence,” Napolitano said. However, Napolitano noted a
Government Accountability Office study last summer listing several obstacles to a U. S.-Canadian agreement to move the
truck facilities to Fort Erie. For example, under Canadian law, U. S. law enforcement could not make arrests there. In
addition, the countries have conflicting arrest policies and conflicting laws on cargo searches and the fingerprinting of
those who cross the border. The report “kind of goes through not the goal of shared border management, but the very real
hurdles that exist to getting there,” Napolitano said. “They are legal, they are logistical and so forth. So let‟s not pretend
that we can just wave a magic wand and we‟ll have a shared border management structure.” What‟s important, Napolitano
said, is for the Obama administration to decide whether it wants to pursue the shared-border concept and, if it does, to
“begin doing the very real work that will get us there.” The Bush administration abruptly ended negotiations with the
Canadian government on the issue in 2007. Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, has been relentlessly pushing to revive
the shared-border plan. Doing so would save the U. S. government the cost of building a new plaza in Buffalo while
saving homes in a West Side neighborhood that the National Trust for Historic Preservation last year named one of the
nation‟s 11 most endangered historic places. Told of Napolitano‟s comments, Slaughter said: “That‟s a huge thing. She‟s
very smart. She sees the wisdom in this idea.” Slaughter also indicated that some of the hurdles the GAO study cited had
already been overcome. Under the original proposal, U. S. truck-inspection facilities at the Peace Bridge would move to
Fort Erie, while Canadian inspection facilities in the North Country would be moved to Alexandria Bay. While
Napolitano had good news for Slaughter on the shared-border issue, the homeland security secretary was much more
critical of Slaughter‟s proposal to put off tougher border security requirements that are currently set to be implemented
June 1. Called the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, or WHTI, the new rules will require travelers to have a passport,
passport card or secure driver‟s license before crossing the border. “We are going to have WHTI,” Napolitano said. “In
my view, it is going to be part and parcel of the security of the North American continent on both borders.” Napolitano
said that her department is studying whether it has the equipment in place to handle the new requirements but that she
expects them to be implemented on schedule. Slaughter is discussing legislation that would delay the requirements for a
year, contending that border crossings are not yet prepared to handle the change. But Napolitano said: “My concern —
and I told the congresswoman this — is that even the introduction of a bill to delay the effective date will have the
psychological effect of people saying, „This deadline isn‟t really a deadline.‟ ”

                                    Higgins, Lee urge opening of passport office here
                                             Buffalo News – March 27, 2009

Two local congressmen have introduced legislation aimed at easing the burden for travelers once tougher restrictions are
put in place at the Canadian border June 1. Under one of the bills introduced by Reps. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, and
Chris Lee, R-Clarence, the State Department would have to open a passport office in Buffalo. The lawmakers say the
office is needed because under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which takes effect June 1, travelers will need a
passport, passport card or enhanced driver‟s license to cross the border. In addition to pushing for their legislation, the two
lawmakers have asked Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to open such a passport office in Buffalo on her own.
Noting that the closest passport offices are in Detroit and New York City, and that Buffalo is America‟s busiest border
crossing, Higgins and Lee told Clinton: “There is simply no substitute . . . for a fully staffed issuance agency that can turn
around a passport in just hours, as opposed to the weeks-long wait that accompanies applications filed by mail.” Higgins
and Lee also introduced a separate bill that would make the cost of applying for a WHTI-compliant document tax-
deductable.

                                  Construction may cause delays at Champlain border
                                    Plattsburgh Press Republican – March 21, 2009

The installation of new radio technology may cause slight delays at the border crossing here during the next three weeks.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say they will closely monitor wait times as the Radio Frequency
Identification Technology is installed to help improve cross-border travel. The technology is expected to securely reduce
processing time by gathering document-identifier information as travelers approach border-inspection stations. Officials
said the technology doesn't transmit personal data, but gathers basic information officers need to access on secure internal
networks. The installation will begin Monday and is expected to be finalized by April 10. It will be added to two lanes at a
time with each lane taking about two days to complete. "We are very cognizant of border wait times," Champlain Port
Director Paul Mongillo said in a news release. "CBP will staff all available primary lanes commensurate with arriving
traffic, and will maintain staffing in those lanes until traffic subsides." The technology is part of the new Western
Hemisphere Travel Initiative requirements, which take effect June 1. The new travel-documentation demands and radio
technology are expected to provide faster and more secure access across the border. During construction, travelers can
plan in advance and monitor travel times by visiting www.cbp.gov.

                                    Bus service to link T.I. Bridge to Syracuse airport
                                       Watertown Daily Times – March 24, 2009

Travelers soon will have an alternative to driving or taking a cab back and forth to the Syracuse airport. A new bus service
connecting the Thousand Islands Bridge and Syracuse is set to begin June 1. The Thousand Islands Express, owned and
operated by Caz Limo, Syracuse, will make two daily trips from the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority parking lot near
the bridge to Hancock International Airport, Syracuse. It also will make a stop in Watertown. The exact schedule and
location of the bus stops have not yet been determined. Paul J. Dugal, owner of Caz Limo, said the Thousand Islands
Express is part of a larger plan to expand the company's bus services in Northern New York. "It's all going to interlink
with our other bus services," Mr. Dugal said. He said travelers using the express will be able to make connections to the
company's express bus service to Manhattan as well as other proposed bus services to Oswego, Canandaigua, Hamilton
and Ithaca. All connections will be made in Syracuse. A one-way trip to Syracuse will cost $45 from Alexandria Bay and
$35 from Watertown. Mr. Dugal said the executive coach bus will have leather seats, wireless Internet access and a galley
with free beverages. Mr. Dugal said the bus was named by the Capital Corridor Trade and Tourism Initiative. Capital
Corridor is a 500-mile transportation network that links Washington, D.C., and Ottawa. "It looks like we're going to get a
trial of a bus service from the bridge down to Syracuse to encourage folks to go to the Syracuse airport and possibly the
Carousel Mall as well," said W. Howard Kelly, director of the Capital Corridor Trade and Tourism Initiative. Mr. Kelly
said that the bus line could attract more tourists to the region and that the Thousand Islands International Tourism Council
is putting together tour packages with the new express in mind. "Gary DeYoung, the executive director, is trying to put
together some one- and two-day packages to bring people back up to explore the islands, the Boldt Castle, fishing charters
or golf charters," he said. Mr. Dugal said Caz Limo also is considering expanding its bus services to Ottawa and
Brockville, Ontario. "It will become international in the near future," he said. For more information on the bus service,
call Caz Limo at 849-1007 or go to its Web site at www.cazlimo.com.

                                          Experts to meet at corridor forum
                                        Watertown Daily Times – March 24, 2009

Experts in trade, tourism, transportation, immigration and border security will gather at the first Capital Corridor
Symposium on April 2 at the Ramada Inn to discuss a broad range of topics that affect trade and tourism between Canada
and the U.S. Capital Corridor is a 500-mile transportation network that links Washington, D.C., and Ottawa primarily via
U.S. Interstate 81 and Highways 401/416 in Canada. W. Howard Kelly, director of the Capital Corridor Trade and
Tourism Initiative, said 20 speakers from organizations in Canada and the U.S. will address a variety of issues. "We've put
together a great group of speakers. We have some very high-level folks," Mr. Kelly said. The Keynote speaker of the
event will be Maria Luisa O'Connell, the executive director of the Border Trade alliance in Phoenix. "We thought she'd
give a great, balanced viewpoint to border issues from a southern perspective," he said. Mr. Kelly said Ms. O'Connell also
could provide insight on how border policies and their implementation could change under the new Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano, the former governor of Arizona. Corridors are becoming increasingly important for the
economic prosperity of both U.S. and Canada, Mr. Kelly said. "Whether ships arrive at an American Port or Canadian
port, the East or the West Coast, they still have to move north and south across the borders. And it's corridors, and the
capital corridor isn't the only one, that moves those goods," he said. Mr. Kelly said he hopes discussion on shared border
management between Canada and the U.S. would resume. "Everybody is striving for an economic development whether
you are a Canadian or American. The more commerce that you can develop the more economic development will follow,
be it truck stops, motels or outlet malls," he said. Currently, more than 100 people from both Canada and the U.S. are
expected to attend the symposium. The symposium will start with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. and will end around
4:45 p.m. Registration is $65 and includes breakfast and lunch. The Capital Corridor is planning to hold two conferences
every year — one in Canada and one in the United States, he said. The next symposium will be held in Canada this
coming winter, but the location and date have not yet been determined.

                                         New area port director at Champlain
                                    Plattsburgh Press Republican – March 23, 2009

There is a new area port director at the Champlain Port of Entry. Paul Stephan Mongillo was named to the position by the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection branch. He is responsible for 10 land-border
crossings from Fort Covington to Rouses Point and Albany International Airport. Mongillo said he already feels at home
in the North Country and looks forward to his work with the region's officers and agents. "Although I have lived in many
areas of the world, I have come to realize that it is the people and not the places that you remember the most," he said in a
news release. "I look forward to a new beginning and working with the CBP managers and employees, as well as the
stakeholders and members of the local communities." Mongillo was most recently assistant director for Border Security at
the Baltimore Field Office. His duties there included management oversight of Border Security Programs, including
passenger processing, enforcement and admissibility for Air and Sea Ports of Entry in northern Virginia, Maryland,
Delaware, Pennsylvania (except Erie) and southern New Jersey. In nearly 18 years of service, Mongillo has worked at
numerous Ports of Entry, including the ports of Douglas, Ariz.; Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport; Houston Seaport;
Philadelphia International Airport and Seaport; and Pre-Clearance at Calgary, Alberta. He has also worked in Tampa,
where he managed the Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team. During that time, the team was involved in the
second-largest seizure of cocaine and heroin in Florida history. Mongillo has also performed numerous temporary
assignments at Customs and Border Protection Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Before he joined Customs and Border
Protection, Mongillo served in the U.S. Air Force and the Texas Air National Guard.

                           Allegheny County Passport Office to help inform about new rules
                                    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - March 24, 2009

The Allegheny County Passport Office on the first floor of the City-County Building at 414 Grant St. will be open from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday as part of "Passport Day in the USA," an effort to remind people of new passport rules that go
into effect on June 1. After May 31, U.S. residents must present a passport book, passport card or other travel documents
approved by the federal government to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land
borders and at sea ports of entry. Those applying for passports or passport cards must provide proof of U.S. citizenship,
proof of identity, two passport photos and checks or money orders to cover fees. More information is available online or
by calling 412-350-6071.

                                        Upgrades of Seaway to begin next winter
                                            Buffalo News – March 22, 2009

Next winter when the St Lawrence Seaway closes to ships, rather than routine maintenance, the Seaway will have extra
funds to install new valves and hydraulic operating systems on the Snell and Eisenhower locks. Those are the only
American-operated locks in the 15-lock system. The improvements are part of a decade-long asset renewal plan. About 50
projects are planned, including purchasing new technology and equipment and refurbishing old facilities, according to
Seaway officials. “After 50 years of continuous use, the U. S. Seaway infrastructure needs significant capital investment,”
said Collister Johnson, U. S. Seaway Development Corp. administrator. The Seaway‟s 2009 budget will increase by $17
million to $32 million thanks to new money from Congress. This will be the first time Seaway Development will be able
to use federal money to do large-scale improvements to its facilities and only the second big capital improvement project
in its 50-year history, according to regional director Salvatore E. Pisani. The last improvement project included only funds
for concrete work, Mr. Pisani said. The improvements on the American side will complement similar work already begun
on the Canadian portion. This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Seaway, and a July celebration is
already in the planning stages. Letter-writing campaigns are under way to try to get President Obama and Queen Elizabeth
II or another royal to come.

                                      Schumer discusses NNY with drug czar pick
                                       Watertown Daily Times – March 27, 2009

Sen. Charles E. Schumer has taken a fight against drug trafficking in Northern New York straight to the nation's likely top
drug enforcer. Mr. Schumer, D-N.Y., brought up the issue of north country drug trafficking in a meeting with Gil
Kerlikowske, President Obama's nominee for "drug czar," the senator's office said. Mr. Schumer urged Mr. Kerlikowske
to designate Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Franklin and Clinton counties as part of a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area,
which would open the way toward increased federal funding in the drug fight. He cited the region's appeal to marijuana
traffickers, especially, with several ports of entry along the Canadian border and the challenging environment of the St.
Regis Mohawk Reservation. One of Mr. Kerlikowske's earlier jobs was police chief in Buffalo. "I'll be proud to support
him for Drug Czar. But one of his first tasks when he takes the job should be protecting New York's citizens by giving
HIDTA designation to Clinton, Franklin, Jefferson, and St. Lawrence Counties," Mr. Schumer said in a release. Mr.
Schumer's discussion follows up on efforts he and Rep. John M. McHugh, R-Pierrepont Manor, have made to have the
region included in the HIDTA that covers much of New York and New Jersey. It was a topic of Mr. Schumer's most
recent visit to Watertown, as well. Twenty-eight such regions have been designated nationwide, encompassing 14 percent
of U.S. counties, Mr. Schumer's office reported.

                                         Canada expands its presence in Buffalo
                                            Buffalo News – March 21, 2009

The Canadian Consulate General is expanding its roots in Buffalo. The diplomatic mission will nearly double the amount
of space it occupies in downtown Buffalo‟s HSBC Center with the signing of a new long-term lease for 35,700-square-
feet. The long-term lease commences June 2010, and includes the tower‟s entire 30th floor, plus a portion of the 31st
floor. “The Consulate General of Canada was clearly the most sought-after tenant prospect in our market place in years,”
said Carey Anderson, of J. R. Militello Realty, who represented the Canadian government in its lease effort. While the
consulate has maintained offices at HSBC Center since 1970, the Canadian government did a thorough review of several
other locations before deciding to stay in the tower. “The Canadian government‟s process called for a detailed analysis of
market options against certain unique criteria and we were pleased that the downtown market offered a number of viable
alternatives to meet their requirements,” Anderson added. Stephen Fitzmaurice, chief operating officer, Seneca One
Realty LLC, owner and manager of HSBC Center, said he‟s pleased to retain the consulate general as a tenant. “This is
very good news for the center. The consulate general has been a long and valued tenant and we‟re thrilled to retain them,”
Fitzmaurice said. The Buffalo office of the consulate general administers trade, political and variousinternational relations
programs which service most of New York State, western and central Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The office debuted
as a trade mission in 1970 and has steadily expanded its role, adding an Area Processing Center in 1994 to handle
applications for citizenship, immigration and international service to Canada. Over the past 15 years, the Buffalo center,
which handles permanent and temporary residency visa for applicants through the United States, has grown to be one of
the Canada‟s four largest visa processing venues in the world. Some 50 of the consulate general‟s 85 staffers are assigned
to the processing division, which handles more than 20,000 applications annually. The 38-story, 1.2 million-square- foot
HSBC Center is Buffalo‟s tallest building and its anchor tenant is HSBC Bank USA, which occupies 78 percent of the
structure. Seneca One Realty, a group of New York Citybased investors, purchased the high-profile building in January
2005 for $85.02 million, setting the record as the biggest single property sale in Buffalo‟s history. The prestigious office
complex boasts a 98 percent occupancy rate.

                               Labatt USA vows to keep brewing operations in Canada
                                          Buffalo News – March 27, 2009
Richard Lozyniak may be new to the beer business, but he appreciates the value of Labatt‟s in the United States as an
import from Canada. The chief executive officer of North American Breweries, an entity that includes Labatt USA, said
there are no plans to move the Labatt‟s brewing operations out of Canada. “We are extremely sensitive to the Canadian
heritage,” said Lozyniak, who was named to his position earlier this month. “A lot of companies have made the mistake of
taking an import and producing it in the United States and destroying that heritage, which is really critical.” Beverage
giant Anheuser-Busch InBev recently sold Labatt USA, which imports, markets and distributes Labatt products in the
United States, to New York City-based KPS Capital Partners. KPS formed North American Breweries to oversee its beer
and malt beverage holdings, including High Falls Brewing Co. in Rochester. Under the Labatt USA sale agreement,
Anheuser- Busch InBev will brew Labatt‟s products for sale in the United States on behalf of the new owner for up to
three years. The U. S. Justice Department made the sale of Labatt USA a condition of approving InBev‟s merger with
Anheuser- Busch, to satisfy antitrust concerns. Labatt‟s is a dominant brand in Upstate New York, and Labatt USA‟s
headquarters are in Buffalo. With the sale completed, questions arose about where KPS would brew Labatt‟s products
once the three-year agreement expired. Some speculated the production might move to High Falls or some other U. S.
location. But in an interview during a visit to Buffalo on Thursday, Lozyniak emphasized maintaining Labatt‟s link to
Canada, beyond the three-year brewing deal. “We have no plans to make any change,” he said. “We‟ve got three years to
figure out the long-term strategy where we ultimately brew it. But the Canadian heritage is critical to the brand, so we‟re
not going to do anything rash to possibly dilute the brand. “The beauty is we have an investor [KPS] that has some
resources that if an opportunity presents itself in Canada, especially around brewing assets, we‟ve got the potential to do
that,” Lozyniak said. Labatt USA has 55 employees, about 20 of whom work in Buffalo. Lozyniak said he sees the
potential to increase that work force under the new ownership. “This office is going to be the focus of our sales and
marketing efforts,” he said. “So ultimately I think the employment here in Buffalo will, at a bare minimum, stay the same
and most likely grow, especially if KPS goes out and acquires additional brands for us.” James Pendegraft, vice president
of sales for North American Breweries, said he sees potential “synergies” under the new ownership, since Labatt‟s and
High Falls products are popular in many of the same places. “I think KPS is very committed to growing this business,” he
said. In his new role, Lozyniak is based in Rochester. He grew up in Connecticut and graduated from the University at
Rochester. LozyniakHe previously led two other KPS portfolio companies, Bristol Compressors and Blue Ridge Paper
Products. Prior to that, he spent 15 years with General Electric.

                                            Waterloo is a region of contrasts
                                            Buffalo News – March 22, 2009

If ever an area was a study in contrasts, it has to be the region of Waterloo in southwestern Ontario. Not only is Waterloo
the birthplace of Research in Motion, the high-tech maker of the Black- Berry, it‟s also home to a large community of Old
World Mennonites who shun contemporary technology for a traditional, slower way of life. Given the region‟s ability to
embrace both the old and the modern, it‟s not surprising to discover that the people here have a knack for mixing things
up, for presenting ideas in new and exciting ways. Take for example the exhibit of works by pop art icon Andy Warhol
in— of all places—a children‟s museum. “Factory 2009,” on display in the Waterloo Children‟s Museum, features more
than 60 original Warhols, including some of his most famous creations. Images of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy,
Mick Jagger—and of course, Campbell soup cans— share space with lesser known, but more kid-focused pieces selected
from Warhol‟s Toy Series, and the Myth Series of comic book and movie heroes. Also showcased are works from
contemporary artists who were directly inspired by Warhol, like Heidi Popovic‟s “Marilyn Contemporary Portfolio of 10”
showing the facial skeleton hiding beneath the glamorous mask. On loan from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the
Velvet Years collection, photographs taken by Stephen Shore depicting the emerging artistic scene at Warhol‟s studio, the
Factory, between 1965 and 1967. It‟s an impressive collection, bound to please both the Warhol enthusiast and anyone
curious to learn more about this legend of pop art. The bright colors and striking images make a stroll through the displays
a wonderful way for children to learn more about art, and, as it turns out, history. “Who‟s she?” my 5-year-old daughter
asks, pointing to a portrait of Monroe. “And what‟s that?” she asks a couple of moments later as she meets her first ever
Cabbage Patch Doll, all the rage back in the 1980s. But kids need no explanation on how to enjoy themselves here. From
the moment they walk through their own pint-sized door at the museum, they are treated to a wonderland of interactive
displays. Plasma balls, infrared images, giant building blocks, shadow theater and a marine life display are just a few of
the many dynamic exhibits designed to be touched, climbed and explored by inquisitive young hands. Equally
entertaining is the Silk Screen Studio, where kids can try their hand at the print-making process that immortalized the
artist, play with computer art and create other crafts. Who knows? Maybe one of these busy kids will grow up to attain
their own 15 minutes of fame, creating the art that defines their own generation. A shopper‟s dream - A 15-minute drive
from the museum takes you to St. Jacobs Village, a perfect place to enjoy a meal and experience rural country charm. As
you wander down the picturesque streets, don‟t be surprised if the sound of traffic is punctuated by the clip-clop sound of
hooves as horse-drawn buggies share the road with cars. These old-fashioned vehicles belong to Old World Mennonites,
about 4,000 of whom make St. Jacobs their home. “Telling the Mennonite Story” is an exhibit at the Visitors Centre that
tells you more about the history, faith and the way of life of these private, industrious people. You can also observe
Mennonites on market days when some Old World farmers sell produce and handicrafts from the back of their buggies at
the popular St. Jacobs Farmers‟ Market. Here, more than 500 vendors offer a dizzying array of products, everything from
fruits and vegetables, meat and baked goods to antiques, furniture, fashion and housewares products. Open year-round on
Thursdays and Saturdays, as well as Sundays in the summer, the vibrant atmosphere makes it more of an event than a
shopping trip for locals and tourists alike. If you don‟t make it here on a market day, St. Jacobs is still a great place to do
some shopping. As you wander King Street in the village, you‟ll discover quilt galleries, artist‟s studios, fashion
boutiques, and even a broom maker among the 100-plus retailers. John Prentice, owner of A Touch of Scotland, says the
village has been good to him. He‟s been here for 34 years selling Scottish products like tartans, kilts and clan plaques
along with candy, meat pies and potato scones. Loyal customers come specifically for these niche products and the
friendly service. Food is another reason people return again and again. Your mouth waters as soon as you open the door of
the Stone Crock Bakery, and the desserts taste as good as they smell. Take home one of the famous fruit pies for a treat.
For a meal, try the Stone Crock Restaurant next door, known for its old-fashioned, home-style country cooking—comfort
food at its best. Once refreshed, you can explore the many shops and exhibits at The Mill, a local heritage landmark. Here
you‟ll find The Maple Syrup Museum, St. Jacobs Quilt Gallery, Modern Train Story, the History of Home Hardware and
the Story of Electricity exhibit. You‟re sure to learn something new like the St. Jacobs‟ connection to the commercial use
of electricity. This quintessential small country town was apparently quite modern in its time. Perhaps one day down the
road, there‟ll be an exhibit here about the region‟s link to the BlackBerry. If you go:
• Waterloo Regional Children‟s Museum, 10 King St. West, Kitchener; www.thechildrensmuseum.ca , (519) 749-9387.
Andy Warhol‟s Factory Exhibit is on display until April 19. • Telling the Mennonite Story at the Visitor Centre, 1406
King St. North, St. Jacobs; www.stjacobs.com , (519) 664-3518. • ForinformationonSt. Jacobs: www.stjacobs.com .

                                      Bills confirm Toronto interest in second game
                                              Buffalo News – March 23, 2009

The Buffalo Bills late Sunday night confirmed Rogers Communications' interest in taking a second regular-season Bills
game to Toronto for 2010, 2011 and 2012 — a move that, if approved, would have the team playing 25 percent of its
home games away from Ralph Wilson Stadium. Any deal, which still would have to be negotiated with the Bills and other
parties, clearly would increase concerns among Bills fans about the team permanently relocating to Toronto. The Bills
were reacting to the news that Rogers Communications sent an e-mail to ticket holders in the Bills in Toronto plan on
Friday about the possibility of more games in Toronto. "Rogers has been listening to its Bills Fans and may be able to
negotiate a new deal which will bring an additional Bills regular-season game to Toronto in each of 2010, 2011, and
2012!" the e-mail states in part. The message also claims that the proposed three-game ticket package for 2010 — two
regular-season games and one preseason — would include "a lower price per game than previously, for most seats." Late
Sunday night, the Bills released this statement: "We are aware that there is interest in expanding the Bills in Toronto
Series by an additional regular season game in the future. We're also aware that our hosts have conducted a survey as part
of their internal process of evaluating whether to propose an expansion of the series. We have an agreement to play one
regular season game for the next four seasons. "We have no agreement, nor has there ever been one, to play an additional
regular season game in Toronto," the statement continued. "Any such future agreement would require consultation and the
approvals of Erie County, Empire State Development Corporation and the NFL owners." The Bills and Rogers
Communications have a current deal that shifts eight games in five seasons, five regular-season and three preseason
games, from Buffalo to Toronto. The preseason games have been scheduled for 2008, 2010 and 2012. The Rogers
Communications' interest in luring more games to Toronto comes as somewhat of a surprise, especially because of the
difficulty in selling tickets to the two games last season. The skepticism about the whole Bills in Toronto series deepened
following the death of Ted Rogers. Rogers, the Toronto media mogul instrumental in bringing the Bills to Toronto for the
eight games, died Dec. 2, just five days before the Bills' first regular-season game in the Rogers Centre.

                                    Scientists: Less ice on Great Lakes during winter
                                        Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - March 24, 2009

Ice cover on the Great Lakes has declined more than 30 percent since the 1970s, leaving the world's largest system of
freshwater lakes open to evaporation and lower water levels, according to scientists associated with the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration. They're concerned about how the milder winter freeze may affect the environment. But
they're also trying to come to terms with a contradiction -- the same climate factors that might keep lake ice from freezing
might make freezing more likely if lake levels drop due to evaporation. Scientists at the Great Lakes Environmental
Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Mich., say global climate change can be at odds with regional climate patterns.
Accurately measuring ice cover across a lake system that spans 94,000 square miles in two countries is no small task, they
say. Their studies show that although the amount of ice cover can vary substantially from year to year, the overall
coverage on the world's largest system of freshwater lakes is diminishing, especially in the deepest, middle portions of
Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior. "The deeper the water, the greater the heat storage from summer, and it
freezes later than the shallow areas," research Ray Assel told The Plain Dealer. "Now, increase the air temperature and the
lake takes in more heat and stores it longer, to the point that many of the midlake areas are freezing over less." Assel's
records indicate that ice formation at nearshore areas has decreased less than on the deepest parts. Evaporation from open
water can cause heavy lake-effect snow inland. Researcher Jia Wang said ice loss can cause other problems, including the
destruction of the eggs of fall-spawning fish by winter waves from an open lake, erosion of coastal areas unprotected by
shore ice and less winter recreation on the lakes such as snowmobiling or ice fishing. The Coast Guard has estimated it
cost more than $245,000 to rescue 134 fishermen from a huge ice floe off Ohio last month. The fishermen became
stranded Feb. 7 when a miles-wide chunk of ice broke away in Lake Erie. There might be one short-term advantage to
decreased ice: Shipping may someday be more possible in the winter months. The locks at Sault Ste. Marie now close
each year in mid-January and reopen in late March. But shipping companies might haul less cargo to pass through low-
water areas.

                                          Fisheries manager discusses changes
                                             Buffalo News – March 22, 2009

What happens in Lake Ontario fisheries circles stays somewhere between science and stakeholders‟ selections. This
balance between pure scientific analysis of Great Lakes fisheries and the wide range of expectations from anglers,
business people, and others interested in the outdoors and aquatic outcomes made the annual “Future of Lake Ontario
Fisheries” (State of Lake Ontario) public-input meeting interesting. Lively discussions and thought-provoking remarks
were shared before and after professionals gave their presentations on Wednesday. Paul McKeown, Department of
Environmental Conservation Region 9 fisheries manager, began the program with reference to one major change proposed
for future fishing regulations. The proposal, beginning Oct. 1, 2010, will not allow anglers to fillet those fish with
measurement requirements while aboard a boat. McKeown noted that rainbow/steelhead trout are the key target of this
regs change. Starting in 2006, a 21-inch minimum size limit was imposed for steelies caught in the lower Niagara River
and all of Lake Ontario and its tributaries. The filleting proposal met with no opposition from the floor. McKeown
answered one question about gutting fish. “Fish could still be gutted and gills removed when caught. The main concern is
that they [conservation officers] can measure the lengths of fish brought to shore in a boat,” he replied. Jana Lantry, a
DEC aquatic biologist, began with a general overview of Ontario‟s prominence. Without mentioning high gas prices
during the 2008 fishing season, Lantry noted the lake‟s fishery generated $114 million in income last year, despite an 11
percent drop in boat trips taken for fishing. For good news, she noted part of that economic upturn was for catching
Chinook (king) salmon, a fishery which peaked in 2008 and has been on a five-year abundance high since 2003. Rainbow/
steelhead trout also showed record numbers, with the best catches in 2008 and highest total numbers in 24 years of
surveying. On the down side, brown trout totals dipped in ‟08 and lake trout tallies continued their serious slide. She later
reported the Allegany Hatchery, source for many Lake Ontario lakers, should reopen in 2010 and resume previous
production by 2012. That facility was closed due to infectious contaminants in 2005. Sea lamprey, devastating mainly to
lake trout, had record sightings and reportings in 2007. Lake-wide treatment efforts in 2008 and more scheduled in 2009
should reduce lamprey wounding this coming season. Maureen Walsh, a research fisheries biologist with the U. S.
Geological Survey, explained how shifts in forage fish affect game-fish numbers and sizes. Alewife populations, high in
2008, led to good Chinook results. Harsh conditions during the 2008-09 winter season could lower the ‟09 year-class.
Rainbow smelt presence has been weak since 2003, Walsh reports. But invading round gobies have yet to peak. “Their
numbers nearly doubled in 2007-08,” she noted, adding they now serve as the main menu for smallmouth bass in Lake
Ontario. She concluded with an appeal to fishermen who see another newly arrived invader—bloody-red shrimp. She
asked anglers to report sighting locations to the Lower Great Lakes office in Amherst (691-5456). Dan Bishop, DEC
Region 7 fisheries manager, showed the newly completed salmon project at the Salmon River Hatchery. A fully
computerized fin-clipping program in which all Chinook passing through the facility are shunted into lanes that record
each fish by size, remove the adipose (top, back) fin, and return each fish to the river system. “They [six computerized
stations] process all fish without a human hand touching them and without the use of anesthetics,” Bishop said. He added
the survey system may soon be applied to rainbows and coho salmon. Steve LaPan, Lake Ontario unit leader at the Cape
Vincent Station, summed up overall objectives and programs, citing Chinook (king) salmon as the leading angler target.
LaPan pointed to the Ontario program helping to produce the largest adult kings among all five Great Lakes. To sustain
good salmon sizes and numbers, programmers have to maintain a controlled balance of adult fish with available forage
(bait) fish. He admitted this balance cannot be considered pure science. Much of the assessment is based on input from
professional and recreational anglers, such as those attending this Lockport gathering Wednesday evening. Anyone who
would like to submit comments on the Lake Ontario fishery should e-mail, write, or call the fishery station at:
srlapan@gw.dec.-state.ny.us ; NYSDEC Cape Vincent Fisheries Station, P. O. Box 292, Cape Vincent, NY 13618; (315)
654-2147. Submissions must be made by April 10. To view all proposals for changes in fishing regulations, make a visit
to the following site: dec. ny.gov/regulations/propregulations. html.

   B.          Border Communications




 For Immediate Release: March 26, 2009
 Contact: Caitlin Wolf
 202-225-3306 / 202-679-3093 (cell)
 caitlin.wolf@mail.house.gov

    Higgins Says Move to Reconsider Shared Border Management at
   Peace Bridge Would Mean More Delays and Money, Less Jobs and
                 Economic Growth for WNY & the US
      Washington, DC- According to published reports by the Canadian media, Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano has agreed to re-open discussions on Shared Border Management, a
move that Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) says would devastate progress on a new Peace
Bridge.

       “This would bring us right back to where we were two years ago when shared border
management was deemed to be dead,” said Congressman Higgins. “Western New York residents
and businesses are sick of studies and setbacks, they just want to see a bridge built that is both
functional as well as architecturally substantial. This is a move in the wrong direction.”

       From 2005 to 2007, the United States and Canada were engaged in negotiations to implement
a land preclearance pilot project (also referred to as “shared border management”), which would have
relocated the U.S. border inspection facility from the Buffalo, New York, side of the Peace Bridge to
the Fort Erie, Ontario, side.

      In 2007 Department of Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff declared Shared Border
Management dead after it was determined that the two countries have conflicting laws and
procedures on inspection and a compromise was unreachable.

      Following the bi-national agreement that Shared Border Management would not work, the US
Government Accounting Office (GAO) conducted a performance audit (Jan - September 2008) to
ensure appropriate efforts were made.

      GAO reported that: Officials from both countries agreed that negotiations were conducted in
good faith…However, certain issues pertaining to each country’s sovereignty and the law
enforcement authorities of U.S. CBP officers operating on Canadian soil could not be resolved. These
issues included concerns over arrest authority; the right of individuals to withdraw an application to
enter the United States while at the land preclearance site in Canada; mutually agreeable
fingerprinting processes; how information collected by U.S. officials at the land preclearance site
would be shared; and concerns that future interpretations of the Canadian Charter could adversely
impact U.S. authorities at the preclearance site.

      “Two years of negotiations and a nine month review concluded that Shared Border
Management was not doable,” Higgins said. “Returning to a plan proven to be unattainable only
creates more delays, false hope and continued uncertainty for the residents and businesses in the
Peace Bridge neighborhood.”

        The Congressman also fears delays based on the hope of Shared Border Management would
result in a significant decrease or complete loss of the $25 million in gateway improvements planned
on Buffalo’s West Side.

        Congressman Higgins noted that each day lost on Peace Bridge setbacks equals opportunities
lost for the regional economy. The greater Toronto region is the seventh largest metropolitan area in
North American and second fastest growing, projected to increase to over 11.5 million people by the
2030s. Efficient transportation between Buffalo and Fort Erie is absolutely vital to the preservation of
the Western New York economy and presents unique opportunities for economic growth.

       “Western New York doesn’t have a tough time getting projects finished, we have a tough time
getting projects started,” Higgins added. “Like others living in this region, I am frustrated. After years
of work trying to move forward and get things done for the good of this community we have someone
step in and push us three steps backward.”

        Congressman Higgins pointed out that an American plaza means more American construction
jobs. Under the each of the three now defunct Shared Border Management Plan alternatives, the US
would be responsible for construction work associated with the road network connecting to the bridge,
while Canadian contractors would be responsible for the plaza, which would be located on the
Canadian side of the bridge. Under the American plaza plan, supported by Congressman Higgins, up
to $69 million in US taxpayer funded construction work, which would have gone to Canada, would
shift to US contractors, adding thousands of new construction jobs here locally.

        Based on a Federal Highway Administration formula which converts project investment dollars
into job creation numbers, construction of an American Peace Bridge plaza and surrounding
infrastructure will create approximately 2688 construction jobs for US workers. Construction of the
bridge itself will result in thousands of additional jobs for both US and Canadian construction
workers. According to the Peace Bridge Environmental Impact Statement, total construction job
counts are expected to reach approximately 4800.

        “We spent decades debating and studying the Peace Bridge, now is the time for action.
 Western New York needs and deserves a span we can be proud of and one that facilitates capacity
that will foster economic growth,” Higgins concluded.

The full text of the letter is below:
                                        March 26, 2009

The Honorable Janet Napolitano
Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Mail Stop 0150
Washington, DC 20528

Secretary Napolitano:

        We have read with interest your comments as they have been reported in our hometown
newspaper, the Buffalo News, concerning the viability of instituting a shared border management
policy at our northern border.

        Let us explain why this issue is of such concern to us and our community. Congressman
Higgins’ congressional district includes the Peace Bridge, which connects Buffalo and Western New
York to Ontario, Canada. It is the busiest passenger vehicle crossing, and the third busiest
commercial crossing, between Canada and the United States. The humbled economy of Western
New York depends on access to the thriving market of Southern Ontario, a booming area that is
expected to grow another 3.7 million people to 11.5 million by 2031. It is paramount for national
commerce as well as our local economy that we ensure dependable access to this market.

          To combat the current delays that exist at the Peace Bridge a binational agreement was
reached to construct a second span of the bridge that will increase capacity and reduce delays.
Initially the project was to utilize shared border management and place American security facilities in
Ft. Erie, Ontario. As you are aware, negotiations were unsuccessful and shared border management
was declared dead in April 2007. A U.S. Government Accountability Office report in September 2008
confirmed that shared border management could not move forward because to do so would require
either Canada to reduce the civil liberties enshrined in its Charter of Rights and Freedoms or the
United States to accept a lower level of security at the Buffalo crossing than at any other port of entry
to our country. Regrettable though these circumstances are, either option makes shared border
management impossible.

        Yet, as we near completion of a design for the bridge and plaza and move toward
construction, confusion about whether shared border management is back on the table threatens to
delay or derail the project. Our community, not to mention Canadian officials, will understandably be
reluctant to move forward with the final phases of this project if they believe the Department of
Homeland Security proposes to so dramatically alter it. We can not responsibly allow conflicting and
inconsistent statements about a policy that we know to be dead to give false hope to those who
support shared border management or to delay this absolutely crucial project. To that end we
respectfully request that the Department issue a clear public message on the current disposition and
prospect for shared border management, consistent with the reality of the structural impediments as
outlined in the GAO report.

        Thank you for your attention to this matter. We know that like us, you are committed to
building a new Peace Bridge that will sustain the Western New York and American economies for
decades to come. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Brian Higgins                                                Christopher J. Lee
Member of Congress                                     Member of Congress
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2009

 SCHUMER MEETS WITH DRUG CZAR NOMINEE; CALLS ON HIM TO EXPAND HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREA
              DESIGNATION TO CLINTON, FRANKLIN, JEFFERSON AND ST. LAWRENCE COUNTIES


             Designation Would Bring Much Federal Resources To Fighting Drug Related Crime In The North Country

      Schumer Says Counties' Application is Now Pending with Drug Czar's Office - Urges Kerlikowske to Make Granting
                                     Application a Top Priority After His Confirmation

Today Senator Charles E. Schumer met with Seattle Police Chief and President Obama’s Nominee to be the new Director of the White
House Office of National Drug Control Policy (“ONDCP”), or “Drug Czar,” Gil Kerlikowske, and advocated for the High Intensity Drug
Trafficking Area (“HIDTA”) designation to be extended to four northern border counties – Clinton, Franklin, Jefferson, and St. Lawrence.
This designation would provide much needed federal resources, increase communication between state, local, and federal law
enforcement agencies and help to disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking and money laundering statewide. Kerlikowske assured
Schumer at the meeting that, as the former head of the Buffalo Police Department, he remained concerned about drug issues in New
York.

Schumer has long been a supporter of the HIDTA program. In September Schumer, Congressman John McHugh, and then-Sen.
Hillary Clinton wrote to the then-Drug Czar, John P. Walters, expressing support for inclusion of the four counties. Previously, Schumer
was a champion of expanding the HIDTA designation to Onondaga, Albany, Erie and Monroe Counties. He is now pushing for the
designation to be expanded to Clinton, Franklin, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties. The Drug Czar’s office has final say over
whether an application to expand a HIDTA is granted.

“I remember Chief Kerlikowske from his days in the 1990s as the head of the Buffalo police department,” Schumer said. “I’ll be proud to
support him for Drug Czar. But one of his first tasks when he takes the job should be protecting New York’s citizens by giving HIDTA
designation to Clinton, Franklin, Jefferson, and St. Lawrence Counties.”

The mission of the HIDTA program is to disrupt the market for illegal drugs in the United States by assisting federal, state, and local law
enforcement entities to dismantle and disrupt drug trafficking organizations – with an emphasis on drug trafficking regions that have
harmful effects on other parts of the United States.

The New York/New Jersey HIDTA program, with its main offices in Manhattan, currently encompasses 17 counties located throughout
New York and northeastern New Jersey. The New York portion of the region consists of the five boroughs of New York City (Brooklyn,
the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island), the two outer counties of Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk), Westchester County,
and four upstate counties that were added in 2007: Albany, Erie, Monroe, and Onondaga. The New Jersey portion consists of Bergen,
Essex, Hudson, Passaic, and Union Counties. The New York/New Jersey HIDTA is led by an Executive Board consisting of 24 federal,
state, and local law enforcement leaders, and has partnerships with over 100 federal, state, local, and non-government agencies within
the New York metropolitan area and beyond.

A HIDTA is regarded as a coordinating umbrella for federal, state and local agencies. The goal of the HIDTA program is to enhance
integration and invest in partnerships between federal, state, and local agencies, while eliminating unnecessary overlap and duplication
of efforts. Once ONDCP designates a region as a HIDTA, it can receive federal money to help local law enforcement clamp down on
illegal drugs transported through those counties. The Executive Board then allocates funding in order to fight drug trafficking most
effectively.

Senator Schumer was a strong supporter of expanding the existing HIDTA to include Onondaga, Albany, Erie and Monroe Counties,
and wrote at the time to ONDCP, urging action. The addition of the four counties in 2007 has played a significant role in facilitating
communication between state, local and federal law enforcement agencies, and in disrupting and dismantling drug trafficking and
money laundering organizations in the region. Already, HIDTA funds have been used to hire full-time drug intelligence officers, and
money has been set aside for state, local, and federal task forces.

Smugglers increasingly take advantage of the North Country’s transportation networks to move Canadian hydroponic marijuana into the
United States through the four counties. The marijuana is then transported downstate to Syracuse and Albany, where it is sold to drug
traffickers, often from New York City, who further distribute it throughout the nation. Cocaine and heroin also pose significant threats to
the New York/New Jersey HIDTA region.

The North Country's geographic attributes and transportation infrastructure create conditions conducive for drug smuggling. Clinton,
Franklin, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties feature 16 points of entry to the United States, three of which are within the top ten most
used points of entry on the United States northern border. In addition, the counties are home to 17 airports, including international
airports in Watertown, Plattsburgh, Ogdensburg, and Massena. Three of the counties border the St. Lawrence River, which provides
international shipping access to much of the United States via the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System. In addition, the
Akwesasne Mohawk Nation straddles the United States/Canada border in Franklin County. Last October, the New York/New Jersey
HIDTA filed an application to expand up to Clinton, Franklin, Jefferson, and St. Lawrence Counties with the Drug Czar’s office. That
application is pending, and will likely be waiting for Chief Kerlikowske when he arrives on the job.

Since 1990, 28 regions in the United States, comprising 14% of U.S. counties, have been designated as HIDTAs.


Embassy: Canada's Foreign Policy Newsweekly - http://www.embassymag.ca/

CBP Officers Arrest Imposter in New York
(Wednesday, March 25, 2009)

contacts for this news release


Niagara Falls, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the arrest of a citizen of Somalia on charges of
false statements and misuse of identity documents.

On March 23, CBP officers encountered a 21-year-old male claiming to be a citizen of Somalia with lawful United States
permanent residence status, as he applied for admission into the United States at the Rainbow Bridge border crossing in
Niagara Falls, N.Y.

The subject presented a U.S. permanent resident card as an entry document and proof of citizenship and identity and
advised the primary CBP officer that he was returning to his residence in St. Paul, Minn., after attending a family wedding
in Toronto, Ontario. At the completion of the primary inspection, the subject was referred to secondary inspection for
verification of his immigration status.

During the course of the secondary inspection, officers entered the subject’s data into the United States Visitor and
Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) computer system. This resulted in a mismatch with the fingerprints
associated with the presented entry document. Further checks revealed that the subject’s true identity was that of Keise
Mahamud Mohamed a 20-year-old citizen of Somalia with refugee status in Canada. The record checks also revealed that
Mohamed has an extensive criminal history in Canada and is currently under indictment for trafficking cocaine.

It appears that Mohamed may have been fleeing Canada in an attempt to avoid prosecution. As Mohamed willfully
misrepresented himself as a lawful permanent resident, he was arrested by CBP officers and charged with false
statements and misuse of an identity document. Mohamed is being detained the Federal Detention Center in Batavia,
N.Y., pending prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Western District of New York Office.

“DHS has used biometric identifiers to prevent the use of fraudulent documents, protect visitors from identity theft, and
stop thousands of criminals and immigration violators from entering the country,”

said James T. Engleman, CBP director of field operations for the Buffalo Field Office. “The US-VISIT program gives CBP
officers the ability to verify a traveler’s true identity by comparing data including fingerprints with legitimate travel
documents.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged
with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is
charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.



    C.            Editorials
                                              Promoting Niagara — Both of them
                                                Buffalo News – March 25, 2009

Niagara Falls is in Niagara County. Niagara County‟s largest city is Niagara Falls. They sink or swim together. We hope
that straightens it out a bit for the political leaders of that region, who seem bent on insisting that the two entities are
competitors, not partners, in everything including tourism. It took forever for the county and the city to get on the same
tourism page, and tearing that page in half again doesn‟t make sense. The Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., the
county-wide successor of previously separate efforts, is being criticized by Niagara Falls City Council Chairman Sam
Fruscione and by Jerry Genova, chairman of the Niagara Falls Tourism Advisory Board, for a number of items—
primarily, for not promoting the City of Niagara Falls enough. On the other end, NTCC head John Percy also is being
criticized for not promoting parts of Niagara County. The guy just can‟t win. Having said that, Percy could do himself a
favor by being more transparent when it comes to topics such as his salary and the amount of money being spent on
making connections far and wide, including India, where he happened to be the other day. On the point of his salary, as
detailed in an extensive article by News reporter Thomas J. Prohaska a few months ago, that information had to be
gleaned from the NTTC‟s IRS Form 990—it was $121,600 in 2007—and when it comes to Percy‟s travels abroad,
including to places like London, Germany and other points, he has been reluctant to reveal the amount of money both he
and his staff spend. Percy has said the NTCC is a nonprofit—created by an act of the State Legislature and funded through
a contract signed by the county and its two cities—and, as some have said, has shown a reluctance to disclose those
figures. He has offered to share the results of an audit, though. He should. The organization is publicly funded through
bed tax money approved by the Legislature, government grants and casino money. Besides that, the NTCC picked up six-
figure checks for items such as advertising revenues from its various publications, commissions on tours arranged and
“miscellaneous income” and another five-figure check for brochure displays. The NTCC was formed in 2003 as a result of
a merger between the old Niagara Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Niagara County Tourism Office, put
together by State Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, and Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte, D-Lewiston. Niagara Falls
is a premier tourism destination and a worldwide draw. Percy—who sees India as an emerging tourism market—
reasonably wants to build relationships in other parts of the world. Critics believe the focus should be more on travelers
within driving distance, especially in a down economy; one of those who would question Percy‟s travels is his
predecessor, David Rosenwasser, who told Prohaska in an e-mail exchange that he did not find the value commensurate
with the investment. Benefits from Percy‟s overseas travel will take time to play out, one way or the other. But the NTCC
was designed to pull tourism efforts under one roof, with one person accountable. Percy does not deserve to be
condemned for his efforts, nor should the NTCC be dismantled—although it needs more operational and funding
transparency.


    D.         Citizens Views (write-in letters)

				
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