FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 18, 2014
SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $178 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE URBAN AREAS SECURITY INITIATIVE IN NYC & $76 MILLION IN STATE HOMELAND SECURITY PROGRAM FUNDING FOR NYS; INVESTMENT PROVIDES FOR ANTI-TERROR ENFORCEMENT
Dept. of Homeland Security’s UASI Program Provides Funding to Address Needs of High-Threat Urban Areas, Like NYC, & and Protects Against Acts of Terrorism; State Homeland Security Program Provides Funding to Support Implementation of Homeland Security Strategies
After Urging Homeland Security Secretary to Boost Anti-Terror Funding for New York, Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $178M in UASI Funding—Nearly $5M More Than Last Year; Senators Also Announce $76M in State Homeland Security Program Funding for NYS—$10M More Than Last Year
U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced that New York is set to receive millions in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) allocations. This announcement comes after the Senators urged U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to provide New York with a boost in anti-terror funding last month. First, Schumer and Gillibrand announced $178,926,000 in funding for New York City through the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) program in the FY2014 Homeland Security Grant Program Allocation. The UASI program provides funding to address the unique planning, organization, equipment, training and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density Urban Areas, and assists them in building an enhanced and sustainable capacity to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism. Schumer and Gillibrand have long advocated for UASI funds to be used in New York City.
Schumer and Gillibrand today also announced $76,742,000 in funding through the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP). The SHSP provides funding to support the implementation of the State homeland security strategies to address identified planning, organization, equipment, training and exercise needs to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.
“This federal funding is critical to ensure New Yorkers are safe and secure,” said Schumer. “We all know that New York City remains one of the top terrorist targets and this increase in funding will help better protect our city. I am pleased that the Department of Homeland Security has recognized the importance of this investment.”
“As a New Yorker himself, Secretary Jeh Johnson understands the need to remain vigilant and continue investing federal resources to keep the nation's top terror target safe," said Gillibrand. "I commend the Secretary for his leadership and heeding our call. Boosting these critical anti-terror funds will help arm law enforcement and non-profits with the tools needed to protect New York families.”
The FY 2014 UASI funding allocations total $587,000,000 and New York City is set to receive $178,926,000 or 30.4 percent of the total pot. The FY 2014 SHSP funding allocations total $401,346,000 and New York State is set to receive $76,742,000 or 19.1 percent of the total pot.