New Seaway Administrator Spending Week In Massena

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Newly appointed St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Administrator Betty Sutton sees the seaway system as "a gem" for international commerce.

"When you look at what it does and the opportunity it provides to the heartland of North America both on the U.S. side and the Canadian side, it has so many selling points," said Sutton.
 
Sutton is spending her first week on the job visiting the Massena locks and meeting with staff.

She says coming from Ohio where she was a congresswoman gives her an important perspective when it comes to facing seaway or Great Lakes related issues.

"I certainly understand the importance of marine commerce and the importance of our water system," said Sutton.
 
While seaway shipping already contributes billions to the economy, Sutton sees increasing both capacity and compositeness as among her top priorities.
 
Despite a 12 percent downturn in overall cargo movements through the seaway locks so far this year, there is still optimism.

The new administrator says she wants to strike a balance between protecting the environment from invasive species and finding new business ventures.
 
"We often hear you're either for jobs or you're for the environment. It has to be jobs and the environment," said Sutton.
 
Sutton also told us she sees no reason why the Massena locks should be considered for twinning to accommodate larger ships and she described Massena as "the heart of the seaway" with no plans to move administrative offices to the beltway in Washington, DC.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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