Passport Center Opens in Buffalo

October 18, 2010 Updated Oct 18, 2010 at 2:31 PM EDT

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Passport Center Opens in Buffalo

October 18, 2010 Updated Oct 18, 2010 at 2:31 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Officials announced the grand opening of a new State Department passport office on Genesee Street in downtown Buffalo Monday.

The full-service passport issuance agency is a one-stop-shop that provides greater convenience and service for local communities and can issue required travel documents within hours in the case of emergencies.

Congressmen Chris Lee and Brian Higgins attended the event, who both worked to bring a passport facility to Western New York in the wake of increased security procedures implemented as part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.

The passport facility is located in Suite 101 of the Genesee Gateway Building at 111 Genesee Street in downtown Buffalo.