FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 28, 2009
STATEMENTS OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG AND NYPD COMMISSIONER RAYMOND W. KELLY ON DECISION BY JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO DENY NEW YORK CITY COPS FUNDING FROM THE STIMULUS PACKAGE
Statement of Mayor Bloomberg:
"The decision to deny New York City funding from the COPS grant program is disappointing, to put it mildly. To punish our police department because they have driven down crime with fewer resources shows the backwards incentive system that is sometimes at work in Washington. Denying that funding because New Yorkers have already dug into their pockets to maintain our City's sound fiscal stewardship and pay for our exceptional policing doesn't make sense. Lastly, the attacks on New York City were attacks on the nation and we should be receiving strong federal support for the NYPD to fight terrorism in the nation's largest city."
Statement of Commissioner Kelly:
"After two successful terrorist attacks at the heart of the nation's financial center, there should be substantial and continuing federal support for the NYPD in its counterterrorism and conventional crime fighting missions. We shouldn't be penalized for succeeding on both counts, and mainly on our own dime, over the last seven and a half years."
Stu Loeser / Jason Post / Marc LaVorgna (Mayor) (212) 788-2958
Paul Brown (Police)