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New St. Lawrence Seaway administrator takes oath

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MASSENA - U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today administered the oath of office to former U.S. Congresswoman Betty Sutton who becomes the 10th administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC).

“We are pleased to welcome Betty Sutton to the department as the new administrator of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation,” said SLSDC Deputy Administrator Craig H. Middlebrook. “She brings a wealth of experience from her years of service at the city, county, state and federal levels of government. She is well versed in the issues of maritime commerce and will be an innovative leader of the SLSDC.”

Administrator Sutton represented Ohio’s 13th Congressional District in the House of Representatives from 2007 – 2012. Among her Congressional accomplishments, she spearheaded thesuccessful “Cash for Clunkers” program that created or saved over 60,000 auto industry jobs.

Ms. Sutton was a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and was co-chair of the CongressionalJobs Task Force.

“I want to thank President Obama for appointing me to this critical position at the Department of Transportation,” said Administrator Sutton. “I look forward to continuing my role in public service as the aAdministrator of the SLSDC. Coming from the Great Lakes region, I fully appreciate theimportance of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System not only to international commerce and to our national transportation system, but to the economic vitality of the Great Lakes area.”

SLSDC Deputy Administrator Craig Middlebrook has served as Acting Administrator since May 2012.

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