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Federal Funding Could Mean More Customs Agents, Shorter Wait Times at JFK

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Additional customs and border patrol agents at John F. Kennedy Airport could cut down on the longest customs wait times in the country.

Senator Charles Schumer says nearly $166 million has been earmarked for hiring and training 2,000 new agents nationwide in a 2014 appropriations bill.

Schumer says the nominee for Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Gil Kerlikowske, promised to bring an adequate portion of these new agents to JFK once he has been confirmed.

The Port Authority says, last summer, the wait at customs at Kennedy was between two and three hours, the longest in the nation.

Schumer hopes the new agents reduce lines and improve the traveling experience for everyone entering New York.

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