Niagara economy could suffer collateral damage in border dispute

Niagara’s economy could take a major hit because of a decision by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to ban New Yorkers from enrolling in programs that allow travelers to quickly pass through customers, such as the Nexus program at the Whirlpool Bridge and the FAST program for commercial trucks at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is warning.

Chamber president and CEO Mishka Balsom co-signed a Feb. 21 letter with Hamilton Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Keanin Loomis and Dottie Gallagher, president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, urging Homeland Security acting secretary Chad Wolf to reconsider the decision.

Read more here.