2005-02-11 / Community

Weiner: Bush Under-funds New York City

According to a study released on Monday by the Office of Representative. Anthony Weiner, the Bush budget underfunds New York City by as much as $1.2 billion in federal aid. The cuts, which include millions for New York police, homeland security, housing and education, were part of the President’s just released FY 2006 budget.

Weiner says that under the Bush Budget, New York City gets $213 million less than the Mayor requested in Homeland Security funding for first responders.

In addition, New York City gets $176 million less for low-income housing, day care centers, and after-school programs under the Community Development Block Grant program, $30 million less than the Mayor requested in federal assistance to local law enforcement under the consolidated Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG) and the Byrne Formula Programs and, for the fifth year in a row, Bush zero’s out the COPS program. Under funding levels passed by the House twice last year, New York City would have gotten an estimated $70 million dollars, enough funding to hire more than 900 police officers.

He added that New York City gets $3.418 million less than last year to help the lowest-income New Yorkers stay warm under the Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), $642 million less in Title 1 funding (used for disadvantaged students) than promised by President Bush when he signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law, and $163.2 million less than promised under the Individual with Disabilities Education Act. 

“For the fifth year in a row, the Bush budget cuts City core services to pay for wealthy tax breaks,” said. Weiner.  “And once again, the Mayor’s requests were not funded.”

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