FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2011
SCHUMER: NEW YORK WINS BIG ON HOMELAND SECURITY MONEY UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA’S BUDGET—NEW YORK STANDS TO SEE TOTAL INCREASE OF $41.2 MILLION FROM FOUR VITAL ANTI-TERROR PROGRAMS
President’s Budget Includes Increase of $166 Million for Urban Areas Security Initiative, Lifeblood of Midtown Security Program; $153 Million in Transportation Security and Port Security; and $25 Million for Securing the Cities Program, Which Funds Radiological and Nuke Dirty Bomb Detection on Bridges and Tunnels
Schumer to Push for Increased Share of UASI Funding for NYC, the Top Terrorist Target
Schumer: President’s Security Funding a Huge Improvement Over Previous Year; Budget Recognizes Scope of Threat faced By NYC Region
United States Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that New York City stands to receive increases of approximately $41.2 million for four vital programs that are the lifeblood of New York’s anti-terror initiatives. Schumer has led the effort to increase the total funding pot and increase New York’s share of these dollars to reflect the threat level New York City faces as the nation’s top terror target.
“New York wins big on homeland security funding in this budget. These programs are the lifeblood of New York’s vital anti-terror initiatives,” said Schumer. “Protecting New York, the top terror target in the country, is a national responsibility. After two years of fighting to increase these funding levels, I am pleased the administration is acknowledging that these programs work.”
Schumer has aggressively lobbied the White House, Department of Homeland Security, and Office of Management and Budget to increase funding levels to better reflect the reality of the threat faced by New York. In the wake of the attempted Times Square bomber in May of last year, Schumer pushed federal officials to increase funding levels and recalibrate formulas that would provide a greater share of anti-terror dollars to New York.
Below is a breakdown of President Obama’s FY2012 budget requests for major security initiatives that affect New York:
Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), is funded in the President’s proposed FY2012 budget at $920 million. Based on previous funding formulas, New York could be in line to receive $165.6 million in funding, which would be a $14.6 million increase over the FY2010 enacted levels.
In addition, Schumer has said he believes New York should get 25% of the overall UASI pot, based on the fact that it is the nation’s top terror target. If this risk-based allocation system is adopted, New York would stand to gain a total of $230 million, which represents a $79 million increase in funding over FY2010 levels.
Transportation Security Grant Program is funded in the President’s budget at $300 million. Based on previous funding formulas, New York could be in line to receive $117 million in funding, an increase of $18 million over FY2010 enacted levels.
Port Security Grant Program is funded in the President’s budget at $300 million. Based on previous funding formulas, New York could receive $36 million in funding, which is an increase of $2.2 million over FY2010 enacted levels.
Securing the Cities, is funded in the President’s budget at $27 million. Based on previous formulas, New York could be in line to receive $24.9 million—that’s an increase of $6.4 million.
About the Programs:
Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), which funds the Lower Manhattan and Midtown Security Initiative, is a program to increase surveillance efforts in Lower Manhattan and the Midtown section of New York City. The New York City Police Department plans to install over 3,000 security cameras in lower and midtown Manhattan, as well as 100 license plate-reading devices which are intended to scan plates and compare the numbers with information in a database. Additionally, the activities the cameras are programmed to pick up include the delivery of packages, unattended bags left for extended periods of time, or a suspicious car repeatedly circling the same block. Other features of the system include mobile roadblocks and radiation detectors. According to the NYPD, the footage from the cameras would be monitored from a center staffed by police officers and highly trained security employees.
Securing the Cities is a federally funded effort to protect New York City from the threat of a nuclear device or a radiological dispersal device, also known as a dirty bomb. Past funding has ensured that law enforcement institutions will have the resources to prevent a terrorist attack, and that vital infrastructure, such as bridges and tunnels, will be protected from the threat of an enemy nuclear attack.
Transportation Security and Port Security Grant Programs are important components of the Department of Homeland Security effort to enhance the security of the Nation’s critical infrastructure. Both the MTA and NYPD receive funding for their transit police from this program. The program provides funds to owners and operators of transit systems (which include intracity bus, commuter bus, ferries and all forms of passenger rail) to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism, major disasters, and other emergencies.