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GLTF FYI - SLSDC Administrator

         The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation 
     has announced a Full Committee hearing on the nominations of Ashish 
     Sen to be Director of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics at 
     the Department of Transportation, and Albert Jacquez to be 
     Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. 

     The Full Committee hearing will be on Thursday, October 8, at 9:30
     a.m. in room 253 of the Russell Senate Office Building.  

        The nomination of Albert Jacquez to be Administrator of the SLSDC is 
raising controversy in the region on procedural grounds.  American Great Lakes 
Ports has written to several Senators from the region asking that a hold be 
placed on the nomination until January to give regional organizations and 
interested parties time to evaluate Mr. Jacquez' qualifications.  American 
Maritime Officers have endorsed the nomination and the Lake Carriers' 
Association is opting to neither endorse nor oppose the nomination.  The Union 
which represents Seaway workers has not yet come out with a formal position on 
the nomination; though Union representatives have expressed concern over the 
process of the nomination and over Mr. Jacquez' lack of familiarity with the 
Great Lakes region, they also have reiterated the importance of filling the 
position expeditiously.
        Three Senators currently have holds placed on this nomination.

For more information contact: 
Rochelle Sturtevant
Coordinator, Senate Great Lakes Task Force


     President Clinton nominated Albert S. Jacquez to serve as the 
     Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.
     Mr. Jacquez, of Los Angeles, CA currently serves as Chief of Staff for 
     Representative Torres.  Mr. Jacquez has over 15 years of management, 
     finance and policy experience.  
     Copies of the full press release are available - contact Rochelle 
     Sturtevant - Rochelle_Sturtevant@glenn.senate.gov