The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Congress is shortchanging the city by proposing to reimburse just $7 million — a fifth of the city’s request — for protecting Republican President-elect Donald Trump, the mayor said Wednesday.
“New York City taxpayers should not be on the hook for 80 percent of the national bill” to protect Trump and his family, Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.
Since Trump won the Nov. 8 election, security around Trump Tower, the namesake Manhattan skyscraper where he lives and works, has been stepped up to extraordinary levels. The New York Police Department has played a major role, along with the Secret Service and Trump’s private security personnel.
The Fifth Avenue tower is safeguarded by police officers armed with assault weapons, bomb-sniffing dogs and concrete barriers. Police have closed some traffic lanes, barricaded the block where Trump Tower residents have a private entrance and set up checkpoints manned by officers in guard booths.
De Blasio and other Democratic officials wanted up to $35 million in federal reimbursement for police overtime and other costs of safeguarding Trump from Election Day to his Jan. 20 inauguration. But stopgap spending legislation unveiled Tuesday in the Republican-led Congress includes $7 million.Speech