Ogdensburg, Massena border crossings could get more Customs and Border Protection officers
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 8:38 am

 The Alexandria Bay area of Customs and Border Protection operations will be getting about 20 more officers, some of whom could be posted at the Massena and Ogdensburg border crossings.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has estimated numbers of additional officers to be placed at ports of entry in the North Country by the end of fiscal year 2015, including an estimated 20 officers for Alexandria Bay, according to an announcement from the office of Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh).

“I am told that the officers could be placed anywhere in the Alexandria Bay CBP area, including the crossings at Massena and Ogdensburg,” said Owens’ spokesman Matt Sonneborn. “Where they go exactly is an operational decision that will be up to CBP to determine.”

“Canadian tourism and trade account for thousands of New York jobs and billions of dollars in U.S. economic activity every year,” said Owens. “Providing these much-needed border resources will make it easier and more affordable for companies in the North Country to sell their products and services in Canada, encouraging economic growth and job creation throughout the region,” he said. “These additional officers will bring added security and ensure that tourism and trade can continue to grow.”