As Lower Manhattan is the only United States community to become victims of 2 terrorist attacks, Homeland Security funding cuts to our neighborhood makes little to no sense.
In light of yesterday’s admission from Feisal Shahzad proclaiming his intent to bomb the Ground Zero and/or the World Financial Center, it’s quite clear our community still stands to be a target even a decade after the 9/11 terror attacks.
In response to the continued Homeland Security cuts, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Chairperson of Community Board 1 Julie Menin have joined forces to make a public outry against the cuts.
According to an article published in this week’s Downtown Express the pair asks, “Why does New York City, one of the top terrorist targets in the world, continue each year to face cuts to its homeland security funding? Just this year, the Obama Administration, several days after the attempted plot to bomb Times Square, cut New York Cityâ€™s transit security by 27% and its port security by 25%.Â While the Administration argued that the $53 million in budget cuts to the cityâ€™s homeland security funding would be made up by stimulus dollars, those are one-shot funds. When the stimulus money runs out in two years, replacing those missing dollars will be a Herculean task.”
Both claim that controversy surrounding the Park51 Islamic community center has taken away the focus and concentration towards general safety in our area.
“Instead of arguing about the precise location of the Islamic center, why donâ€™t we put aside our differences and focus on the common goal of keeping our children and all of us safe?” asks Stringer and Menin.
We can’t help but agree. The rest of the article can be read here.