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NYC Retains $151.6 Million in U.S. Homeland Security Funding

Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) -- New York City has been designated to receive $151.6 million this year from the U.S. Homeland Security Department, permitting expansion of anti-terrorism surveillance in lower Manhattan and Times Square.

New York’s funding remained stable as most of the U.S. received 42 percent less aid, after federal officials agreed to earmark at least $100 million for areas considered at most risk, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said today in a statement.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg had counted on the funding in a $68.7 billion preliminary budget he presented to the City Council earlier this month. The 34,000-officer police department operates on a $4.9 billion annual budget.

“It’s a sound and sober decision and reflects the fact that New York City remains the number one target for terrorists,” Schumer said.

In addition to building out a surveillance system near Wall Street and in midtown Manhattan, the money will pay for explosive detection equipment and for some of the 2,000 officers, including about a dozen overseas, assigned to counter-terrorism, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said in a statement.

At least 14 terrorist plots have been exposed since the World Trade Center was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, Kelly has said.

The mayor is founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.

To contact the reporters on this story: Henry Goldman in New York at hgoldman@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Tannenbaum at mtannen@bloomberg.net.

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