Trump wants to stiff New York on homeland security spending - including $36M on Trump Tower security, lawmakers say

WASHINGTON — New York lawmakers are pushing hard to erase President Trump’s cuts to homeland security funding — including the hefty cost of protecting Trump Tower — which Trump’s budget dumps on New York City.

Although it went largely unnoticed when the White House released its spending plan last month, Trump’s fiscal barbers wanted to shave $587 million from current homeland security spending, including the $36 million that went to guarding his own building near the United Nations.

According to a letter signed by the city’s entire congressional delegation and obtained by the Daily News, the local lawmakers are trying to undo that, and then some.

The bipartisan push, led by freshman Staten Island Democratic Rep. Max Rose and Long Island Republican Rep. Pete King, who are both on the Homeland Security Committee, would add close to $1 billion to Trump’s numbers when Congress writes its own spending plan later this spring.

"New York City continues to be the nation’s top target for terrorists seeking to inflict damage on the American people, as well as its economy and infrastructure," says the message to the top Democrat and Republican on the House appropriations subcommittee that writes the homeland security budget. "Ensuring the safety of those who call our city home, and visitors from every district in the nation, is our top priority."

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Joseph Clancy, director of the U.S. Secret Service, listens during a Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Clancy said it's unacceptable that it took five days for him to learn of allegations of misconduct involving two agents. The episode, under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general, follows a series of lapses by agents that brought new leadership to the agency, along with scrutiny from lawmakers. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Joseph Clancy, director of the U.S. Secret Service, speaks during a Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Clancy said it's unacceptable that it took five days for him to learn of allegations of misconduct involving two agents. The episode, under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general, follows a series of lapses by agents that brought new leadership to the agency, along with scrutiny from lawmakers. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire, questions Joseph Clancy, director of the U.S. Secret Service, not pictured, during a Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Clancy said it's unacceptable that it took five days for him to learn of allegations of misconduct involving two agents. The episode, under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general, follows a series of lapses by agents that brought new leadership to the agency, along with scrutiny from lawmakers. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Senator John Hoeven, a Republican from North Dakota, makes an opening statement during a Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing with Joseph Clancy, director of the U.S. Secret Service, not pictured, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Clancy said it's unacceptable that it took five days for him to learn of allegations of misconduct involving two agents. The episode, under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general, follows a series of lapses by agents that brought new leadership to the agency, along with scrutiny from lawmakers. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 18: Vilvoorde, Belgium, Mayor Hans Bonte participates in a panel discussion during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building February 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. In the wake of last month's slaughter of journalists and police officers in Paris by Muslim extremists, Hidalgo said Paris plans to sue Fox News for 'inaccurate reports' about Muslim 'no-go areas.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 03: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus talks to a reporter after attending the weekly Republican Senate policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol February 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. Senate Democrats filibustered the legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department because it included a measure to roll back President Obama's executive order on immigration. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Feb. 2, 2015. Obama sent Congress a $4 trillion budget that would raise taxes on corporations and the nation's top earners, spend more on infrastructure and housing, and stabilize, but not eliminate, the annual budget deficit. Photographer: Kristoffer Tripplaar/Pool via Bloomberg
WASHINGTON, USA - FEBRUARY 02: US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference at the Department of Homeland Security about his newly revealed budget and Republicans threat to not approve funding for the agency in Washington, D.C. on February 02, 2015. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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New York has long been the top target on terrorists' wish list. The letter points to the 2016 Chelsea bombing and the 2017 West Side highway truck attack as proof of the "real and adapting" terror threat New York faces.

Because of the attacks it's suffered even before 9/11, the city has always gotten more federal homeland security grant money than anywhere else, and Trump's cuts would hurt it the most. In 2018, New York got about a fifth of the nation's State Homeland Security Grant Program spending and nearly a third of the high-risk funding from the Urban Areas Security Initiative.

Trump's budget would slash this year's state grant program from $525 million to $331 million. Rose and King want $563 million in 2020. The White House wants to slash this year's high-risk spending from $640 million to $462 million. King and Rose want $662 million.

Trump is also seeking deep cuts to this years' $100 million Port Security Grants and Transit Security Grants programs. Trump penciled in just $36 million for each, while the New Yorkers are demanding $250 million for each.

The administration also wants to zero out some of the smaller programs, including the Presidential Residence Protection Grant. That was $41 million this year, with some of it also going to towns that host other Trump properties. Rose and King want to boost that to $50 million.

Rose said it’s the least Congress could do to help New York carry out one of the toughest anti-terrorism assignments in the world.

“New York City has the best and the brightest committed to keeping our city safe every day and night — so we need to have their backs just like they have ours,” said Rose, who chairs the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism. “I’m proud that we are all united when it comes to keeping our city safe and protected from real threats of terror.”

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