City To Be Reimbursed $68M For Trump Security

Source: Queens Gazette

Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (NY- 12), whose district is home to Trump Tower, Congress Member Nita M. Lowey, Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio; and other members of the New York City Congressional Delegation held a press conference in the Blue Room of New York City Hall to announce $68 million in federal funds to reimburse local law enforcement agencies and New York taxpayers for costs incurred protecting President Trump and the First Family, before and after his Inauguration.

“It is ridiculous to expect local law enforcement like the NYPD and FDNY to bear the extraordinary and ongoing costs of protecting the President of the United States,” said Congress Member Maloney. “Reimbursing New York City taxpayers for the money spent to protect then- President-elect Trump and his family and ensuring that future costs will be covered as the NYPD and FDNY continue to protect Trump Tower is the right and fair thing to do. Protecting the President is clearly a national security concern and paying for it should be a federal responsibility. There is precedent for this; when President Obama visited Chicago, the federal government picked up the bill. Same for President George H.W. Bush when he visited Kennebunkport, Maine. This spending agreement ensures the federal government meets this responsibility and I’m very pleased we were able to secure this funding.”

“This is a clear win for New York taxpayers,” said Congress Member Lowey. “Hardworking New Yorkers shouldn’t get stuck with the bill for the federal responsibility of protecting the President and First Family. These federal funds will help reimburse the costs of the New York Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies that are securing the President even as they maintain extraordinary efforts to protect the millions who live in and commute to the city each day.”

“We are getting what we are owed,” said Mayor de Blasio. “That’s good news for our city and the hardworking police officers faced with this unprecedented security challenge. We could not have done this without our congressional delegation, including Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representatives Nita Lowey, Grace Meng, Jose Serrano, Dan Donovan, Carolyn Maloney and Jerry Nadler. They worked tirelessly over the past several months to make sure these costs are paid for by the federal government.”

The city spent $24 million protecting Trump Tower and the First Family from Election Day through Inauguration Day. It is estimated that the city spends, on average, $127,000 to $146,000 a day for the NYPD to protect the First Family when President Trump is not in town. It is anticipated those costs will be $308,000 per day when the President is in New York City, as he was on May 4 for the first time since his Inauguration.

When added to $7 million secured in the FY2017 Continuing Resolution enacted in December, this brings total funding to $68 million to help defray manpower costs expended helping the U.S. Secret Service in fulfillment of the federal responsibility of protecting the President-elect, and after inauguration, the President.

The NYPD’s final calculation for protecting then-President-elect Trump from Election Day to Inauguration Day was $25.7 million. Following this final tally released in March, Congress Members Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12) and Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. (R-NY-11), led a bipartisan group of 14 other members of the New York Delegation in a formal request to the Appropriations Committee that the City of New York be fully reimbursed for costs incurred to protect then-President-elect Donald Trump and his family between Election Day and Inauguration Day.

This formal request followed an initial request made in December before passage of a Continuing Resolution that only included $7 million for reimbursement to New York City.

The bipartisan budget agreement signed by the President on May 5 includes $27 million to reimburse state and local law enforcement for costs associated with protection of the Presidentelect and $40 million to reimburse costs post-inauguration. Of the $68 million, $20 million is dedicated to reimbursing local law enforcement agencies for costs incurred protecting the President-elect between Election Day and Inauguration Day. This funding will be awarded through the Byrne-JAG program at the U.S. Department of Justice. The remainder, $41 million, will be provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.