White House: NY transit security funds actually up
(AP) - The Obama administration, countering criticismfrom lawmakers, said Thursday that federal funding for New YorkCity's mass transit and port security is actually going up.
As President Barack Obama headed to the city for a fundraiser,the White House was countering lawmakers' claims that theDepartment of Homeland Security planned to chop New York's funding.Meanwhile, federal agents were conducting raids in Massachusetts,New York and New Jersey in connection with the failed Times Squarecar bomb on May 1.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he had spoken with White HouseChief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
"I made it clear to him that it was critically important thatwe get our fair share of Homeland Security funding," saidBloomberg. Emanuel responded that "he understands and that thepresident understands that New York City remains a prime target forterrorists. And Ram made a commitment to me that he would work withus on this issue," the mayor said.
Bloomberg said he understands federal budget constraints, but"my job is to make sure we get more."
When terrorists are caught, he added, "they've got a map of NewYork City in their pocket."
White House spokesman Nicholas Shapiro said earlier reportsignore $100 million in stimulus funding for port and transitsecurity grants. Shapiro says that gives the city a total of $245million.
Rep. Peter King maintains the DHS would give the city $111million for mass transit security. That's a 27 percent cut from ayear earlier, with a 25 percent cut in port funding to $34 million.King said the one-time stimulus money is from 2009 that's rollingover into this year.
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