2004-09-03 / Community

“Mayor Bloomberg addressed the Republican National Convention. It was one of his last, best chances to take on a President who’s cut funding for New York City schools and firefighters, police and homeland security, transportation and housing, and much, mu

“Mayor Bloomberg addressed the Republican National Convention. It was one of his last, best chances to take on a President who’s cut funding for New York City schools and firefighters, police and homeland security, transportation and housing, and much, much more, says Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner. “But he didn’t do it. Here’s what he should have said:”

Welcome Delegates.

Encourage them to patronize the City’s restaurants, nightspots, stores, and hotels. Invite them to visit all five boroughs.

Criticize Republicans for Cutting Homeland Security Funding for New York City.

In 2003, New York City received $159 million for homeland security, a figure that drops to a projected $91.4 million this year-a cut of $68 million.

Wyoming gets $37.52 per capita in homeland security funding while New York City only gets $5.38.

Demand Restoration of City’s Federal Law Enforcement Funding.

New York City’s share of federal law enforcement funding has dropped from $172.1 million in 2000 to $18.9 million in 2004. Funding for the City under the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program is down a projected $136.9 million alone since 2000.

Stand Up for New York City Firefighters.

Bush cut FIRE Act grants used for equipment and personnel at local fire departments by $246 million in his 2005 budget. Montana gets $9 per capita for federal firefighter aid, but New York City only gets 9 cents per capita.

Urge Bush to Live Up to His Promises Under the No Child Left Behind Act.

New York City schools will receive $2.5 billion less than promised in federal aid under the Act. The City has seen significant shortfalls for Title 1, IDEA, Teacher Quality, Education Technology, and Innovation programs.

Tell the President to Fully Fund New York City’s Transportation Needs.

New York City will receive a $2.9 billion less for subways, roads, and buses under the Bush proposal.

Republicans want to reduce available transportation funds for the City by raising the “minimum guarantee” of federal transportation dollars every state will receive from 90.5% to 95%.

Urge Support for New York City’s Unemployed.

Since 2001, federal funding for job training in New York City under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) - the federal government’s primary job training program — has fallen by 17%, or $19 million. In 2001, New York City received $600 per unemployed worker for job training, but will receive only $339 per unemployed worker this year.

Denounce Federal Funding Cuts for the New York City Housing Authority.

Since 2002, federal funding for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has fallen $93 million. There are 142,514 New Yorkers on wait lists for NYCHA housing.

Restore Commitment to Providing Health Care.

Up to 1.6 million New Yorkers between 18 and 64 have no health coverage. Sixty-one % of those lacking coverage are employed.

Find Out What Happened to the Surplus.

The Federal budget deficit has spiraled to over $500 billion under President Bush. By 2006, every New York family will be responsible for an additional $37,870 in debt burden. “That’s what the Mayor should have said,” Weiner argues.

“Instead, he continued on along the same theme he’s been hitting all along,” he said. “The President deserves our support. We are here to support him and I am here to support him” 

“The Mayor had one last chance to step up and advocate for New York City, and he blew it,” said Rep. Weiner. “He’s never had a bigger stage or a better moment. But just like the past, he passed up the chance to lead.”

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