July 28, 2009

Gillibrand Calls COPS Funding Fundamentally Flawed

Pledges to Fight for Restoration of COPS Funding to New York City

Washington, D.C. - After speaking with Deputy U.S. Attorney General David Ogden earlier this morning, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement on the decision by the Justice Department to deny New York City and other urban areas in New York State COPS Program funding from the economic recovery plan:

"As I expressed to Deputy Attorney General Ogden this morning, the funding formula is fundamentally flawed because it penalizes success and does not take terrorism activity into account. Over the past year, our police force in New York City has had to deal with at least three significant attacks - at a synagogue, a consulate, and an army recruiting center in Times Square.

"No city in America faces this level of threat on a daily basis. It is unconscionable that our federal investment program in support of police forces does not take this threat level into account. We must reevaluate this program and ensure funding is provided on a fairer and more strategic basis.

"Commissioner Kelly and the entire NYPD are doing an outstanding job keeping our City safe, but we must continue to provide the federal resources local law enforcement needs to protect our communities from terrorist threats."