King Supports DHS Homeland Security Grant Allocation to New York
Secretary Napolitano Recognizes Threat to NYC-Long Island
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) allocation of 2012 homeland security grant funding:
“I am pleased that the New York City-Long Island region will receive the exact amount ($151.5 million) of Urban Area Security funding (UASI) that we received in each of the last two years. This amount is particularly significant in view of the fact that overall nationwide grant funding has been cut by two-thirds. At every opportunity, and as recently as at a hearing this week, I have stressed to Secretary Janet Napolitano the continuing, even increasing, terror threat facing the New York region and the importance of continued federal funding. I am grateful that the Secretary understands where the greatest terror risk exists and that she continues to allocate grant dollars accordingly.
Note: Unlike in previous years, the FY 2012 appropriations law provided funding for homeland security grant programs without specifying funding levels per program. The appropriations law left funding decisions to the discretion of the Secretary.
Under the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), funding for New York City and Long Island will likely remain steady in 2012, as it has the past two years. In 2012, DHS is slated to provide the region with $151.5 million, the same amount as in 2011 and 2010. Last year, DHS reduced the number of UASI jurisdictions from 64 to 31, a reflection of the need to target limited homeland security funding to the most high-risk areas.