The Latest New York Security Scare: Federal Grants
Scherer, Ron, The Christian Science Monitor
DHS announced federal grants for port and transit security Thursday. Some say New York security got less, but it actually received more, when stimulus funds are included, the White House says.
Accusations flew Thursday that the Obama administration had cut more $50 million from New York's 2010 funds for port and transit security. The Obama administration begged to differ.
On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security announced $790 million in federal grants for fiscal year 2010. These grants go toward port and transit security in the United States overall. Based on the grants alone, New York saw a decrease in its funding.
In the wake of the Times Square bombing attempt, US Rep. Peter King (R) of New York termed the apparent decrease a "slap in the face." US Sen. Charles Schumer (D) of New York blamed bureaucrats at the Department of Homeland Security. Rick Lazio, the front-runner for the Republican nomination in the New York governor's race, lashed out at Andrew Cuomo, the state attorney general and likely Democratic candidate for governor, for not saying anything.
They're all wrong, the White House says: There was no cut in funding for these programs. Instead, according to the White House, New York security will actually realize a funding increase of $47 million for 2010. That's after some $100 million from the stimulus package is added in.
"In fact, one out of every three recovery dollars for transit and port security went to NYC, making them the largest recipient in the country," writes Nick Shapiro, assistant White House press secretary, in an e-mail.
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