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Feds Warn of Busy Weekend for NY's Border Crossings

Border crossing between Champlain NY and Lacolle, Quebec
Andrei Tilin, Montreal, Quebec/Wikimedia Commons

Federal officials are advising travelers to expect longer wait times during the Easter weekend at the border crossings with Canada in western and northern New York.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says  increased traffic is expected through Easter Sunday at several border crossings in New York state, including Buffalo and Champlain, just north of Plattsburgh.

Officials say U.S. border crossings continue to experience longer wait times than usual due to federal sequestration cutbacks. Customs and Border Protection has reduced overtime for its officers at ports of entry.

Waits at some border crossings are expected to worsen in coming weeks as the agency begins furloughs amid a hiring freeze.

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