2002-08-24 / Community

Weiner Says Bush Would End C.O.P.S. Aid

Weiner Says Bush Would End C.O.P.S. Aid

Attorney General John Ashcroft has announced that the Department of Justice is sending New York City $49.4 million in Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) funds.

Rep. Anthony Weiner, who is the sponsor of legislation to reauthorize the C.O.P.S. program issued the following statement:

"New York City has received over $550 million in C.O.P.S. funding over the past eight years, and it’s been worth every penny: putting more than 7,000 officers on the street, and cutting crime. Today’s funding will continue the successes, giving the NYPD a much-needed shot in the arm just when they need it most.

"Ashcroft made the right decision, but if it had been up to his boss, NYC wouldn’t have seen a dime. That’s because if Bush had his way, the C.O.P.S. program will be cut, and police aid for NYC will end.

"With the city strapped for cash and terrorists on the prowl, NYC needs the C.O.P.S. program now more than ever. It’s time for President Bush to start listening to his own AG, a bipartisan coalition of over 220 legislators, and the over 100,000 police that the C.O.P.S. program has put on the street: cutting the C.O.P.S. program is just the wrong thing to do."

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