Boost in Terror FundsBy DEVLIN BARRETT
The Wall Street Journal
July 15, 2010
The federal government will increase the amount of terror money it gives New York City this year, according to figures obtained by The Wall Street Journal. The figures are to be announced Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security, but were shared with lawmakers Wednesday.
Under new allotments of anti-terror grants for cities at risk of terrorism, the New York metro area will get nearly $152 million, a 4% increase from the year before.
"It's a small increase, and in the real world in which we live, it's as good as we can expect right now," said Rep. Peter King of Long Island, who is the senior Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee.
But in upstate New York, both Albany and Syracuse will see their allotments slashed by nearly 50%, to a total of about $1 million each. Officials in Newark will see a slight increase, to about $37 million.
The money comes from an $832 million fund for cities at risk of terrorism, and officials around the country wait every year to learn how much they will receive.
A separate series of grants to state governments will give New York nearly $114 million.