2010-05-21 / Letters

New York Gets Shortchanged

Dear Editor,

This letter was sent to President Barack Obama from State Senator Malcolm Smith. Dear Mr. President,

This missive is prompted by two singular bookend events: One, the recent attempted acts of terrorism in New York City, in particular the Times Square car bomb attempt on May 1, 2010 and the subsequent bomb scare that took place a few short days thereafter. Two, it has been brought to my attention that New York has been shortchanged in the current round of anti-terror funding it receives from Washington–to the tune of $53 million. Frankly, such a decision cannot go unchallenged.

I have been obliged by my constituent base and by my own principles, personally and as a political leader in New York State to address the growing concerns associated with Letters

this issue. It is imperative that Washington invest more monies into the future security of New York residents (and all residents of the world that call it home), as we are becoming the primary target of terrorist acts meant to destroy the United States’ financial capitol, which in effect will further devastate the economic stature of our nation. It is evident that we cannot sustain the funding cuts to public security imposed by your administration because it has only given those who attempt these monstrosities greater ammunition and confidence to endeavor in such acts.

To that end, I implore you to act immediately in assuring that New York gets the monetary resources it deserves to appropriately defend itself against future attempts of destruction; and certainly before another catastrophic event like 9/11 invokes terrible tragedy among the people of our state and the nation’s financial capitol.

MALCOLM A. SMITH

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