NJ, NY Governors in Hoboken
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NJ, NY governors ask Homeland Security for better funding
By JANET FRANKSTON LORIN
Associated Press Writer
January 19, 2007, 12:38 PM EST
HOBOKEN, N.J. — The governors of New York and New Jersey implored the federal government Friday to send their two states enough money for homeland security, something they fear will drop now that parts of the states are lumped together as one region for funding.
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine said they will cooperate in pursuing money for beefed-up security for things such as mass transit.
“That’s the message of today: that we are going to be working hand in hand,” Corzine said during a news conference at the Hoboken Terminal, where both PATH and New Jersey Transit trains make dozens of daily trips across the Hudson River to New York.
The governors wouldn’t put a price tag on their request; Corzine said the states should get “substantial larger numbers.”
“I feel kind of like a college student calling home and saying, ‘Just send money,”‘ Spitzer said.
In a letter the governors sent to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, they said they worry the two states will receive less money because a federal program for urban areas at high risk of terror attack considers New York City in the same region as northern New Jersey.
“It is our fervent hope that this year’s allocations will be made based on threat, risk and regional strength rather than geographic divide,” they wrote in the letter, dated Friday.
Earlier this month, Chertoff said combining the region would not automatically mean less funding.
“To say, for example, the risk for New York is at this level and the risk if you cross the Hudson River is at a much lower level doesn’t make a lot of sense. It does not mean, however, we’re going to lump the money together or make them take the grant as a single entity,” Chertoff said.
The governors in their letter noted that funding for New York City’s urban area grants was cut nearly in half last year. “We are sure you can appreciate the concern that exists with respect to how the region will fare in the next round of funding,” they said in the letter.
Corzine also said rail security _ allocated $250 million compared to $18 billion for air security _ should be given a higher priority.