Kelly Pushes Congress For More Anti-Terror Funding
By: NY1 News
NY1: Kelly Pushes Congress For More Anti-Terror Funding
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Police Commissioner Ray Kelly testified before a Congressional committee in Brooklyn Monday looking at port security.
Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard also testified.
Kelly spoke about information sharing between city, state and federal authorities, and what can be done to improve the security of the city's ports and waterways. He says the federal government needs to make New York City a priority.
“We're the financial and communications capital of the world, and they want to hit us here. I wish it wasn't so, but that's the reality,” said Kelly. “We have to face up to the reality, and the federal government has to face up to reality as well and make the resources available to us to protect the city."
Elsewhere Monday, two local senators are planning to introduce legislation to increase federal funding for transit security.
Senators Charles Schumer and Bob Menendez from New Jersey are asking for an extra $300 million for 2006.
The legislation will also call for a change in the way grants are given out, making big cities like New York a higher priority in getting security funding.