MALONEY ON ATTEMPTED TERROR ATTACK IN MANHATTAN
Source: Queens Gazette: I On Politics
In response to the attempted terror attack at New York’s Port Authority terminal in Midtown Manhattan, Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) said the December 11 attack “is another somber reminder that New York City, a beacon of freedom, hope, and the American Dream, remains the top terrorist target in the country. I wish the three people injured a swift and full recovery.”
Maloney added, “By attacking New York’s subway system, this terrorist was trying to attack our city’s lifeblood and strike fear into the hearts of everyday New Yorkers. But New Yorkers will always persevere in the face of adversity. We will never allow terrorists to dictate how we live. Just as we always have, we will stay New York strong and carry on together after this attack.”
Maloney added that she was deeply grateful for the tireless work of our first responders and law enforcement agencies for their swift response and all they do every day to protect our city and she reminded all New Yorkers, “if you see something, say something.”
Maloney took to the House floor on December 12 to stand against any cuts to or delays in funding grants for law enforcement in the wake of the failed terror attack in New York City.
“We can’t play politics with federal funding for local law enforcement and homeland security. This funding for states and cities, especially high-threat areas like New York City, must not be delayed or cut off.
“New York City… is and always has been the top terrorist target in the country. Our city has suffered and persevered through the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, 9/11, the Chelsea bombing last year, the truck attack earlier this year, and now yesterday’s attempted pipe bomb explosion. The NYPD openly talks about 27 separate terrorist attacks that our intelligence and law enforcement authorities have thwarted.
“Despite this history, the Trump administration has been threatening to withhold Byrne JAG funding from New York City and other cities it deems to be a so-called ‘sanctuary city.’ The administration has also proposed major cuts to the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). New York City received more than $175 million for the UASI program and $4.3 million from Byrne JAG in FY16. The loss of this funding will only make it more difficult to keep New Yorkers safe. That is why I will be doing everything I can to ensure that New York City gets the resources it needs to meet the unprecedented security threats we face.”