Legislature Votes Against Peace Bridge Agency

ALBANY (AP) -

New York’s Legislature is beginning the process of dissolving a binational agency over a growing conflict with Canada over the Peace Bridge in Buffalo.

The Senate and Assembly overwhelmingly approved the measure as Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues hardball negotiations with Canadian officials. Cuomo and many western New York lawmakers are disappointed over what they see as delays in improvements to the New York side of the bridge with Canada.

The Peace Bridge Authority is a 10-member board with representatives from New York and Canada. If enacted, the law could create separate control on each side of the bridge involving visitor facilities, lucrative retail space and policies governing how trucks are inspected.

Currently, both sides must agree to any actions.