2004-01-23 / Community

Weiner Fights for More NYC Terrorism Money

Weiner Fights for More NYC Terrorism Money

Congressman Anthony Weiner, a member of the House Homeland Security Task Force, has introduced new legislation to substantially increase New York City’s share of federal homeland security dollars.

With dozens of cities receiving federal money under the current legislation, Weiner is introducing the Targeting Homeland Security Resources Effectively Against Terrorism Act, or the THREAT act.

The new legislation would cap the number of cities eligible for so call High Threat Density Urban Grants – funding earmarked specifically for those places most at risk of terrorist attack – at fifteen, down from the current limit of fifty.

While New York, Washington D.C. and LA are likely terrorist threats, it’s hard to see why millions of federal dollars are going to Milwaukee, Buffalo, Tampa and Cleveland to fund counter-terror initiatives.

In 2002, New York was receiving $149 million dollars from the federal government. Currently NYC is receiving a little more than $47 million. That’s a $102 million drop in funding.

Congressman Weiner hopes to correct this inequity by introducing the THREAT Act to ensure that New York City gets the funding it needs. "The stakes for New Yorkers are just too high," says Weiner. "My bill will send funds where they are really needed…the places where the threat is actually high."

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