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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PR- 333-04
December 03, 2004

STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON HOMELAND SECURITY URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE FUNDING

“The latest allocations from the Department of Homeland Security’s Urban Area Security Initiative mean more homeland security money is going where it should go, to the cities that face the highest risk of terrorist attack.  The $166 million New York City will directly receive is more than any other city, by far the most we have ever gotten from this program---almost four times as much as we received last year.  This will help us fund the Police Department’s ongoing counter-terrorism and intelligence operations and help us protect New York City, which everyone acknowledges is a prime target for terrorists.  I would like to thank Representatives John Sweeney and José Serrano, both members of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, for their hard work and leadership on this vital issue.  Senators Schumer and Clinton also deserve our thanks for their efforts in the Senate.

“I will continue to work with Congress and urge them to abandon the per-capita formula that distributes the majority of homeland security funds like political pork, as opposed to on the basis of threat.”







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