Federal officials handed New York City a nice, healthy pot of homeland security cash today, but also added to competition for that money in the future by adding three urban areas to the list of most-threatened locales.
Out of about $2.5 billion being spread around the country to fight terrorism, the New York metro area is slated to get some $200 million, including $151,579,096 from the high-risk money pool. The state is getting another $130 million, a lot of which will also go to the city.
Added to the list are the metro areas around Dallas, Philadelphia, Newark, and Boston, while Seattle has been dropped.
A breakdown of most of the funding is:
State Homeland Security Program $113,536,625
Urban Areas Security Initiative (New York City and Long Island) $151,579,096
Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program Allocations (NYC) $6,300,000
Port Security Grant Program Target Allocations (New York-New Jersey) $33,774,108
Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program Allocations (NYC) $3,570,000
Emergency Management Performance Grant Program Allocations $14,972,047
(Source: NY Daily News)