COLLINS LANDING — At its annual meeting held at the Authority’s Administrative
Office on January 25, 2019 the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority elected its officers for the ensuing year.
Members and officers elected at the meeting include:
Mr. Robert V.R. Barnard re-elected to a twelfth one-year term as Chairman.
Mr. Barnard resides in Cape Vincent, NY and was first appointed to the Authority in 1980.
Mr. Bruce Armstrong, Carthage, NY appointed to the Authority in 2011 was elected for a one-year term as Vice-Chairman.
In addition, Ms. Micheline Dubé, Ottawa, ON, was elected Secretary-Treasurer and was appointed to the Authority in 2012. Serving as Assistant Secretary-Treasurers are Mr. Patrick J. Simpson, Alexandria Bay, NY, appointed to the Authority in 2004; Mr. Jacques E. Pigeon, Orleans, ON, appointed to the Authority in 2012; Natalie Kinloch, Ottawa, ON appointed to the Authority in 2014 and Robert J. Storms, Adams, NY appointed to the Authority in 2018. All Board members of the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority are appointed for five-year terms by the Jefferson County Board of Legislators.
The composition of the seven-member board consists of four U.S. members and three Canadian members. Beginning with its inception, the Authority has been comprised of business and civic- minded citizens working to create and maintain international trade, travel and commerce.
Since 1990 the Thousand Islands Bridges have experienced traffic counts exceeding two million vehicles annually as compared to its first fiscal year’s (1938-1939) count of 93,500. Beginning in 1938 to date, over 106,000,000 vehicles have used the Thousand Islands Bridge system and today traffic volume experiences 1.5 billion dollars in commercial trade per month or eighteen billion annually using this international border crossing.
Over the course of the past eighty-one years, the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority and its Canadian partner, the Federal Bridge Corporation Limited, have completed numerous modernization and improvement projects to its bridges, enabling this vital and important crossing to meet the needs of its customers.