Meeks: Continue To Address Security Concerns
Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, who represents the east end of the Rockaway peninsula, applauded the announcement by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), allocating $700 million to enhance the security of high density population urban areas and pledged to continue to address homeland security concerns in his district. Congressman Meeks recently held a series of hometown security forums, providing his constituents with an opportunity to address security concerns and interface with first-responders and representatives from city and federal agencies.
The Department of Homeland Security has allocated $125 million from the FY ‘03 Supplemental Budget for the City of New York, its contiguous counties and mutual aid partners. Allowable uses of funds include operational activities conducted during the heightened alert level from January 2003 through April 2003, critical infrastructure security, training, exercises, equipment, and information sharing. Areas specifically targeted for grants include port security, mass transit security, radiological defense systems, pilot (developmental) projects and technical assistance to state and local jurisdictions.
Congressman Meeks stated, " I am pleased that the DHS is giving special attention to urban areas. New York City needs and welcomes the additional support."