New York City's Police Commissioner James O'Neill said today that the president's proposed budget would get rid of nearly all federal funding for the New York Police Department, specifically harming the city's counterterrorism unit.
“Under the president’s proposal, nearly all federal funding to the NYPD would be eradicated. This funding is absolutely critical. It is the backbone of our entire counter-terrorism apparatus,” O'Neill said at a press conference today. Mayor Bill deBlasio stood by O'Neill at the podium in a display of support.
"This money is critical to keeping everybody safe," O'Neill continued, "Simply put, we cannot afford to cut corners when fighting terrorism."
The NYPD is the largest local police force in the country, with almost 35,000 officers. The NYPD also currently receives about $110 million in federal funding via the Homeland Security Grant Program, which the president is proposing to either reduce or eliminate.
O'Neill later took to Twitter to reaffirm his statement, saying that the budget proposal would lead to the NYPD's counterterrorism unit being "hobbled."
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