You can always count on Rep. Peter King (NY), Ranking Member of the Commitee on Homeland Security, to speak out regarding the subject of terrorism, especially when it comes to New York. Apparently, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released more transit security grant money for New York after it had been delayed since 2008. King blames this on the bureaucracy and red tape of DHS, which doesn't help in finding solutions. Read the rest of his release:
This time, DHS released about $80 million to the New York State Office of Homeland Security, money which had been awarded by DHS back in 2008, but held up by DHS until this week.
This is the second announcement today of transit security grant money being released to New York by DHS. This morning King announced that DHS just yesterday released a long-delayed $41 million to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
King said: “By my count, within the last two days or so, the Department of Homeland Security has come up with about $121 million for transit security projects in New York. This is quite a turnaround by the Department of Homeland Security, which last week slashed New York’s mass transit and port security funding. On Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sent me a letter rationalizing the cuts by accusing New York of not spending money DHS had awarded in past years. It is now clear that much of this money was bottlenecked in the DHS bureaucracy and should have been available for projects to protect mass transit passengers. Hopefully they’ll come up with more money very soon.”
Last Wednesday, DHS revealed cuts to New York’s mass transit security funding of 27 percent and port security funding of 25 percent.