FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 17, 2012
SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MAJOR VICTORY FOR NEW YORK’S ANTI-TERROR INTIATIVES; CITY SET TO RECEIVE $151.6 MILLION IN VITAL ANTI-TERROR FUNDING, MAINTAINING SHARE OF HOMELAND SECURITY DOLLARS IN FACE OF STEEP CUTS ELSEWHERE
Schumer, Gillibrand, Working with Congressman King, Aggressively Lobbied Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to Ensure That New York’s Share of Urban Areas Security Initiative Funding Was Maintained
Administration’s Funding Announcement Recognizes Unique Threat Level Faced By New York; UASI Funding Vital to Downtown Surveillance Program That Protects Manhattan
Schumer, Gillibrand: Funding Announcement is a Major Win for New York City
United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that New York City is set to receive a total of $151,579,096 in Urban Areas Security Initiative Funding (UASI), a huge victory for the City’s anti-terror efforts, in the face of steep cuts elsewhere. The UASI program is the lifeblood of New York’s anti-terror programs and funds the massive surveillance program for downtown Manhattan and its expansion into Times Square and midtown. New York is also slated to receive the entire funding pot of $22 million for the Securing the Cities (STC) program, which funds the New York Police Department (NYPD) ring of steel program that is used to detect and identify and potential radiological devices that are brought over bridges and tunnels into Manhattan.
Senator Schumer secured a directive stating that not less than $100 million dollars would go the areas facing the greatest security risk. This language allowed New York’s funding stream to remain stable while the rest of the country was forced to withstand a 42% reduction. Schumer and Gillibrand, working with Congressman King, aggressively lobbied the administration to maintain existing funding levels for New York City.
“This is a major victory for New York City and a strong acknowledgement that Homeland Security dollars should be allocated based on risk, and risk alone,” said Schumer. “I am pleased that President Obama and Secretary Napolitano maintained their commitment to New York’s vital security needs in the face of difficult budget considerations. It’s a sound and sober decision and reflects the fact that New York City remains the number one target for terrorists who wish to do the United States harm.”
“I am pleased that after speaking to Secretary Napolitano the level of terror funding reflects that New York City remains the number one target for terrorists looking to do harm to Americans. Due to the tireless dedication of our law enforcement officials 14 attempted plots in the City have been thwarted. Senator Schumer and I will continue to fight to ensure that local law enforcement have all the tools they need to keep us safe,” said Gillibrand.
Just this week in a conversation with Secretary Napolitano, Schumer and Gillibrand made the strong case that the New York Police Department relies heavily on this funding stream to ensure that vital infrastructure and landmarks are protected from those who wish to do the United States harm.