Senator seeks streamlined boat-inspection process

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Thursday announced his push to improve coordination between the Coast Guard and state and federal agencies with overlapping jurisdiction on Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, the Niagara River and other western New York waters.

Schumer is pressing the Coast Guard to take a lead role in improving coordination among patrolling agencies.

“Rather than screen one boat six times, we should screen six boats one time. By streamlining our inspection process we can provide a better experience for recreational boats and free up security resources to protect the border, prevent smuggling and human trafficking and ensure that the river is safe,” Schumer said in a statement.

“Responsible recreational boaters should be free to enjoy Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, the Niagara River and other waterways without being stopped over and over again,” he added. “We need the Coast Guard to take the lead and work with state and local authorities to come up with a system that protects our security without choking off all the fun of boating on these lakes. It’s not just a matter of recreation, but of protecting our border and the local economy.”

Schumer sent a letter to Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp after a series of media reports documented concerns about poor coordination among federal agencies that has resulted in recreational boaters being stopped multiple times by different agencies on the same day.


4 comments on “Senator seeks streamlined boat-inspection process

  1. tigerpilot

    The problem is too much government, and unfortunately Schumer is at the heart of many of the issues. These federal agencies are tripping over each other but the bottom line is we are really no safer, unless you consider that finding a few ounces of pot has made the USA more safe. Each level of government wants to build its fiefdom with lots of hardware, all at the expense of our freedom. More hope and change.

  2. David

    As a boater on Lake Erie I am aware of this problem, we frequently have 5 law enforcement groups patrolling our waters here in Lorain, Ohio. And many individual cities with lakeshore has their own patrol boat too. Meanwhile police and sherriffs are being cut and crime increases on land and there are no dollars to enforce the law. How many crimes are committed out on the Lake? Very few in proportion to the crime in our cities. Get more police into the high crime cities and leave us boaters alone.

  3. not a fan

    Normally I wouldn’t pee on Chuck Schumer if he was on fire. But he’s headed in the right direction with this so I’ll have to hold my nose and agree with him on this issue alone and hope he can get it done on a national level.

  4. David J. Mahler

    Great effort Senator… but dont stop at just the Husdon… the ENTIRE stare of NY needs more support for this effort. Lakes, Rivers, inshore and offshore boaters all need your help!

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