Mayor Bill de Blasio and city representatives in Congress say they are disappointed that House Republicans want to provide New York with only $7 million to support police department security for Donald Trump and his family in Trump Tower.
De Blasio on Monday requested $35 million in federal funding to cover the costs of the NYPD’s involvement in securing the building and the surrounding area between Election Day on Nov. 8 and Jan. 20, Inauguration Day. Trump is using the midtown high-rise as headquarters for his transition team.
That equates to more than $450,000 being spent on security each day. The House GOP offering would cover just one-fifth of the costs.
“We have such an exceptional situation here that the Congress should have stepped up and acknowledged it from the beginning,” de Blasio said during his weekly appearance on WYNC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” Wednesday.
De Blasio said the city won’t give up, “until we get the reimbursement we deserve.”
New York’s Democratic representatives in the House were equally outraged.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) said in a statement she was, “extremely disappointed ... “We will continue to push for the full $35 million requested by New York City.”
Rep. Nita Lowey, of Rye, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, 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.”