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$240 million in security money coming to NY; $34 million more than 2012
NEW YORK (AP) -- More than $240 million in security grant money is coming to New York, an increase of almost $34 million from the previous fiscal year, Sen. Charles Schumer said Tuesday.
The Department of Homeland Security is directing $174.2 million from Urban Area Security Initiative funds to be used in the New York City metropolitan area, the New York Democrat said. That's up almost $23 million from the last fiscal year.
Schumer said another $66.7 million is coming to New York state from the State Homeland Security Program to be allocated by state government. That's up $11.1 million from fiscal year 2012.
Homeland Security was expected to make an official announcement Tuesday morning.
Schumer said the increases reflect the reality that New York is a top target.
"New York is the nation's top terrorist target and is now being treated as such by the federal government," he said. "These significant increases in counter-terrorism funding over last year's allocations means that city and state law enforcement can continue to do the superior job they do keeping us safe."