FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2009
SCHUMER, KING: SECURING THE CITIES PROGRAM CRITICAL TO STOPPING A TERRORIST ATTACK IN NYC -- FEDERAL LEGISLATORS ANNOUNCE THEY WILL FIGHT TO RESTORE AND FULLY FUND VITAL SECURITY PLAN, TOP PRIORITY FOR THE NYPD
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United States Senator Charles E. Schumer and Congressmen Peter King today announced that they are going to fight to restore and fully fund for Commissioner Kelly's Securing the Cities (STC) initiative. STC is a federally funded effort to protect
“Securing the Cities is an indispensable tool used to protect the population, transit hubs, and commercial centers of New York City from the possibility of a devastating nuclear or dirty bomb attack,” Schumer said. “Following 9-11, the federal government correctly put resources into this program and NYPD is leading the way in implementing this high-tech system, but we need federal funding to provide sufficient resources to finish the job. If this funding is secured, STC will be back to the level needed to ensure the effectiveness of New York City’s -- and the nations’ -- front line of defense.”
“Very simply, the New York City region is the number one terrorist target,” said Representative King. “To shortchange funding for this critical program which will help protect this area from a terrorist attack carried out by a radiological or nuclear weapon is the height of irresponsibility.”
Maintaining STC will give Congress the opportunity to support the nation’s only program dedicated to preventing a radiological or nuclear terrorist attack on
Additionally, it will provide for the networking of intelligence data and the wireless monitoring of all sensors.
STC is an excellent example of interagency and intergovernmental collaboration with regional partners and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO).The prospect of a terrorist attack against New York involving a nuclear weapon or “dirty bomb” remains a tremendous concern and it has become increasingly important that government and law enforcement not ignore the need to secure New York City from the threat of a terrorist or nuclear attack. STC is a valuable program that is safe, secure, and reliable. Most importantly, if given the resources it needs to carry out its objective, the country will have a framework that can be utilized by cities across the country to create similar programs. Unfortunately, without the continued investment in the STC initiative, law enforcement authorities will not have the tools to provide the safety, protection, and preparation that citizens and cities need.
STC is a federally funded effort to protect
Representatives King and Yvette Clarke were able secure $40 million for the program in the house and I was able to put in $10 million in the Senate. However, now the two bills have to be negotiated and combined this month and the funding could be reduced.