A bipartisan group of New York House members — including the first Republican congressman to endorse President Donald Trump’s candidacy — urged the federal government Wednesday to reimburse New York City the $25.7 million it spent on protecting Trump Tower during the presidential transition.
Rep. Chris Collins, an Erie County Republican who was an early endorser of Trump, Rep. Pete King (R-Seaford), and Rep. Daniel Donovan (R-Staten Island) joined 11 Democrats in signing a letter to the House Budget Appropriations Committee urging the panel to allocate money in the upcoming budget for the city’s Trump-related security expenses.
The bipartisan effort follows demands by the city’s top elected Democrats for full compensation after the GOP-led Congress authorized only $7 million in reimbursement in December.
“The scale of the security needs to secure Trump Tower in the heart of midtown Manhattan is unprecedented, and the NYPD has done an outstanding job, in cooperation with the Secret Service, of devoting the personnel and resources necessary to protect and properly secure the area,” the letter states.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan), whose district includes Trump Tower, and who led the push for the letter with Donovan, said the group also is concerned about the future cost of protecting Trump Tower, where First Lady Melania Trump and the couple’s son Barron continue to live.
Last month, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said it costs the agency up to $146,000 per day for Trump-related security, a figure that increases to $308,000 per day when the president is in town.
Reached for comment, a White House spokesman referred questions to The Trump Organization, the real estate and hospitality company run by Trump’s adult sons. The company did not return an email seeking comment.
With Emily Ngo