Senator Greg Ball, Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee, was joined by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and multiple members Senate Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee, called upon House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to stop the proposed gutting of federal homeland security grant funding from $2.2 billion this year to $1 billion next year.
“This 50% cut, heading into the 10 year anniversary of 9-11, totaling over $186 million dollars is absolutely unacceptable. These cuts could effectively gut core programs, burden local agencies with insurmountable hurdles, and create a Swiss cheese approach where we would now be forced, by a penny wise and pound foolish federal government, to list dumb luck and prayer as the first defense in our Homeland Security efforts.” Stated Senator Ball
Mayor Bloomberg has stated the reduction would cost the city of New York $100 million dollars. Since September 11th 2001, New York State has been the target of thirteen terrorist plots. Most recently, last Thursday two men were arrested by the NYPD who were planning on carrying out attacks on multiple synagogues in NYC. A key part of our success to preventing and thwarting these terror plots is due to the increased cooperation between local, state and federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Now is not the time for the federal government to step back from the partnership with state and local governments in defense of our nation.
Ball said, “The federal method of allocating homeland security dollars is suspect, inefficient and represents the bureaucratic equivalent of an internal national security risk. We cannot play games with our national security, and nearly a decade after 9-11 our soft underbelly, from our ports, borders, key infrastructure, the National Capital region to New York City and its suburbs, is still not sufficiently secure, or recoverable in many instances.”
“Last Thursday’s terror arrests again show how critical it is for Congress to allocate homeland security funds based on threats, not politics. New York City remains a prime target – we are the symbol of freedom and liberty the nation stands for. We already bear too much of the costs for protecting the City, and these proposed cuts would be a severe blow to our counter-terrorism efforts,” stated Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
Ball to feds: Stop cutting homeland security money
17 May 2011, 5:39 pm by Mike Risinit in 40th state Senate Greg Ball homeland security Michael Bloomberg - No Comments