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7/23/2020 - CHAMBER WELCOMES RESTORED ACCESS TO TRUSTED TRAVELER PROGRAMS FOR NEW YORKERS
CHAMBER WELCOMES RESTORED ACCESS TO TRUSTED TRAVELER PROGRAMS FOR NEW YORKERS
The North Country Chamber of Commerce is welcoming today's decision by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security to restore access to Trusted Traveler programs for New Yorkers. Access to such accelerated border crossing and travel programs as NEXUS and FAST was suspended for New Yorkers needing to apply for initial or renewed status last year in connection with a dispute over DHS access to New York State motor vehicle driver's records as part of security and background checks.
"With all of the continuing extension of restrictions at the U.S.-Canadian border, it's great to finally have some good news," states Garry Douglas, Chamber President. "While personal travel across the border is currently extremely limited, it is excellent to have these programs fully back in place for New Yorkers for the eventual restoration of freer cross border travel. And it is immediately important for truck drivers who have or need FAST status in order to drive commercial goods across the border. For these New Yorkers, getting or keeping FAST is a requirement for employment by many companies."
"We express special thanks to Assemblyman Billy Jones and Senator Betty Little for securing language in the State budget this year, allowing DHS to access New York driving records specifically for Trusted Traveler application processing, providing the basis for this long awaited federal decision to restore access. And we thank Congresswoman Elise Stefanik who has worked steadily and with determination to obtain such a decision from Homeland security."