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NYPD presses Congress for $35M in Trump security funds

NYPD officers place barriers to create a secure

NYPD officers place barriers to create a secure driving lane for Trump Tower vehicles along Fifth Avenue on Nov. 19, 2016, in Manhattan. Photo Credit: AP

WASHINGTON — House Republicans lawmakers included $7 million, or just a fifth of the $35 million New York City requested, to cover the costs of NYPD security for President-Elect Donald Trump and his family in Manhattan.

The federal funding, made through a Justice Department grant program, includes reimbursement only for “overtime costs directly and solely associated with the President-elect” from the day after the Nov. 8 election until Jan. 20, when Trump will be sworn in.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) said in a statement that she is “extremely disappointed.” She added: “We will continue to push for the full $35 million requested by New York City” and the Obama administration.

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Rye), the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, who said she also was disappointed, said: “New York taxpayers should not be forced to foot the bill for the federal responsibility of protecting the President-elect, and I will work to ensure a future funding bill makes New York City whole.”

The reimbursement funding is including a spending bill called a continuing resolution to keep the government open when funds run out on Friday, Dec. 9. The government would be funded through April 28. That would allow Trump to negotiate spending through Sept. 30, 2017.

The House and Senate now must pass the spending measure.

NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller said the biggest portion of the funds requested to cover costs of protecting Trump at his family at his Trump Tower residence and offices was “personnel and personnel overtime.”

Near gridlock conditions have surrounded Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th streets since Trump located his transition team and began holding interviews with prospective cabinet members in his offices in the 58-story building.

Members of the New York City delegation have sent letters raising concerns about the cost of security that the NYPD will continue to incur if Trump’s wife Melania and son Barron stay at the tower so the child can continue to go to his local school.

Also supporting the city’s $35 million funding request were Long Island Reps. Peter King (R-Seaford), Steve Israel (D-Huntington), Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) and Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans).


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