NYC Fights and NYC WiNs!

Though many vulnerabilities were exposed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, none received more attention than the lack of an interoperable communications system linking New York City's (NYC's) first responders to incident command...

"I have repeatedly called upon the administration and my colleagues to implement threat-based homeland security funding to ensure homeland security resources go to the states and areas where they are needed most," she says. "I have introduced legislation toward this end and even developed a specific homeland security formula for administration officials to consider. I will continue to call for a more realistic system for allocating homeland security resources to the areas, such as New York City, where they are most needed."

Sen. Charles Schumer isn't letting the DHS slide by with less funding for New York City either. In a January 2007 press release he stated, "In the past, DHS allocated separate grants to New York City, Jersey City and Newark, but this year it combined all three together and counted it as one metropolitan region. The six highest at-risk metro areas are slated to receive $410,795,000." Over the past year Schumer has repeatedly called on the DHS to award NYC at minimum the amount it received in FY 2005, which was $207.6 million. In order for DHS to do that in FY 2007, it would need to award NYC half of what it allocated for all six Tier One cities to share.

In an effort to ensure NYC receives the money it needs from the federal government, Schumer, in a letter to DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, called for the immediate elimination of the peer review process for all homeland security grant programs and the institution of a risk-based system of review. Schumer notes he plans to introduce a bill in the 110th Congress to change the formula if the DHS does not change it willingly.

Editor's Note: Next month's article will focus on the City of Port St. Lucie, Florida. It will include interviews with St. Lucie County officials and it's sister city, Fort Pierce, which are all in the area of the nuclear reactor emergency event zone. St. Lucie County is the fastest growing county and includes Port St. Lucie, which is the fastest growing city in America. The article will feature with the police chiefs of Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce and the Sheriff of St. Lucie county, as well as the security director of the FPL nuclear facility and the FDLE's homeland security director for that region.

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