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Obama Slashes NYC Anti-Terrorism Cash

From the New York Daily News:

White House slashes NY anti-terrorism funds amid buzz Obama will meet with NYPD Times Square heroes

By Michael Mcauliff
Wednesday, May 12th 2010

WASHINGTON – Eleven days after the botched plot to bomb Times Square, the Obama administration on Wednesday slashed some $53 million from the city’s terror-fighting budget.

"For the administration to announce these cuts two weeks after the attempted Times Square bombing shows they just don’t get it and are not doing right by New York City," fumed Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

To top it off, the news arrives as President Obama comes to town today amid buzz he will meet with the very cops who helped thwart the bombing.

Obama will also be tapping the city’s deep pockets for the Democratic Party.

"The President seems more interested in raising money for political campaigns than providing New York the money it needs to defend itself against Islamic terrorism," said Rep. Pete King (R-L.I.), the top Republican on the Homeland Security Committee.

The cuts, to be announced today, target the annual allocations for transit and port security, legislators said.

The New York City area will get $111 million for transit security in the final 2010 budget – a 27% chop from last year’s $153 million. The port security program is getting chopped from $45 million to $33.8 million – a cut of 25%

"Just when we thought they finally realized a war on terror is going on, they do something like this," raged City Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Queens), head of the Council’s Public Safety Committee.

"This leaves us more vulnerable to ‘man-caused disasters,’" he said sarcastically, referring to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s term for terror attacks.

Homeland Security Department spokesman Matthew Chandler begged to differ with New York’s interpretation, insisting his agency is "actively engaged in supporting New York City’s first responders and overall preparedness."

He argued that in 2009, the administration gave the area more than $457 million for "terrorism and other threats." He blamed Congress for appropriating less money for 2010, and an administration official said if New York includes the cash it got from the economic stimulus bill passed in 2009, it’s actually getting $47.3 million more than last year for ports and transit protection.

King was unimpressed by that math, arguing the stimulus cash is a one-time payout that won’t be repeated.

"That’s a story they’re coming up with at the last minute, because an hour ago they were saying they couldn’t give us the money because Congress only allocated $300 million," he said. "Actually, Obama only asked for $250 million."

Gee, even Democrats will complain when their ox gets gored. Or rather, when their ‘stash’ gets trimmed. Still, to be fair, we have to cut somewhere — if we are going to fulfill Mr. Obama’s vision of a ‘new era of fiscal responsibility.’

And “man-caused disasters” are a concern for the local police, anyway — at least according to most Democrats. They are not really a matter for the federal government. Not like universal healthcare insurance or childhood obesity.

Still, maybe Mr. Obama will reconsider.

After all, the SEIU’s New York offices are at 310 West 43rd Street — only one block away from Times Square.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 13th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Obama Slashes NYC Anti-Terrorism Cash”

  1. Right of the People says:

    Chucky Schumer must really be fuming that The Won didn’t consult him about this.

    Maybe the NYPD should refuse to spend any money on protecting Oblah-blah today when he comes to town on his campaign tour. They could say WTF, you’ve got the Secret Service.

  2. JohnMG says:

    ……..Homeland Security Department spokesman Matthew Chandler begged to differ with New York’s interpretation, insisting his agency is “actively engaged in supporting New York City’s first responders and overall preparedness.”……

    Maybe he meant by this statement that Obama has decided to sub-contract security responsibilities to street vendors on a cost-plus-ten percent-basis.

    And don’t shed a tear for Schumer. The money they cut probably doesn’t amount to the cost of his own personal security detail. And if you’re Chuck Schumer, you probably need all that security!

  3. proreason says:

    Well, with the system working so well, why spend so much?

    There appear to be about $53 mllion in savings. Likely deaths are only about 1,000, so that’s about 53,000 saved per probably life lost.

    Why that’s less that the national debt per capita.

    Sounds like a deal to me.

    And besides, a lot of those dead people probably would have voted against Obamy anyway.

  4. Mithrandir says:

    Plus, they need more money for Mayor Bloomberg’s 500 billion additional cameras needed to video record AFTER THE FACT terror attempts on the city.

    We have cameras everywhere, how does that stop even 1 attack? We had cameras at the airports on 911, they didn’t do anything to help now did they?

    Just more snooping big gov’t to control your lives, and arrest those suspected jay-walkers committing crimes with too much money in their pockets. . .

  5. AcornsRNutz says:

    On the one hand this is pretty ludicrous, but on the other hand, any politician who wants to de-fund stuff that doesn’t work all that well as opposed to pour money into it has a modicum of sense. The problem is, its generally the fed that is screwing this homeland security up, not the city. However, how much of that 53 million ever went to the t shirt vendor or the beat cops who initially reacted? Chucky is pissed because every time of money poured into NY since 9/11 for terror, the families of first responders, reconstruction, even the memorial has been filtered through countless dirty hands and never gets where it is supposed to go. For that reason, I am fine with this decision.

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