Public Bridge Authority Executive Director Ron Reinas said, "In terms of operations it could have a big effect. Obviously there will be some pretty dramatic cuts."
Rep. Brian Higgins warned, "Customs and Border Patrol would be forced to eliminate 2,700 officers and 5,000 Border Patrol agents."
That could mean up to four-hour waits on the bridges.
"Increased wait time will discourage Canadian consumers from visiting Western New York and that is business we can't afford to lose. I call on the House to take immediate action to repeal the Sequester," Rep. Higgins said.
At the Niagara Air Reserve Station, 500 civilian workers could be furloughed without pay one day a week for the whole summer.
Major Andrea Pitruzzella of the 914th Tactical Air Wing said, "We've contacted local employee assistance agencies and are preparing to have them provide us with financial counseling resources or stress management classes should that become necessary."
"The President is threatening an apocalypse if he doesn't get his second tax hike in just eight weeks," said Rep. Chris Collins. "And I believe the American public are seeing this sideshow for what it is, a blatant attempt to raise taxes again on American families, small businesses instead of addressing our spending addiction."
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