From the NY Post:
I am advocating that the mayor, who controls half of the LMDC board, use his clout to secure half of the remaining LMDC war chest ($350 million) to be used to keep New York safe and secure over the next five years.
Despite the fact that there has been no successful terrorist attack on our city in the last nine years, New York clearly remains the No. 1 target for terrorists. The May 1, 2010, attempted car bombing in Times Square illustrates this.
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly has said there have been 11 failed terrorist plots against our city since 9/11. Continuing staff cuts to the NYPD and FDNY are a clear threat to public safety.
In February, Mayor Bloomberg reduced staffing levels on FDNY companies to save about $15 million a year. He has once again proposed closing 20 fire companies effective July 1 to save another $30 million, while the NYPD head count has been reduced by over 6,000 officers.
Crime statistics are rising in the wake of these cuts, and the mayor’s February staffing reductions have already left hundreds of families homeless and led to unnecessary fire deaths.
By simply earmarking $70 million per year for the next five years from the LMDC, the city can put more police officers on the street and keep firehouses fully staffed and open. This infusion of cash for public safety will ensure that New York remains the safest large city in America. Safety and security are the main ingredients for a strong and thriving economy. This is a smart investment at this time that will pay dividends for New York and its taxpayers.
For the life of me, I can't understand why NYC continually bleeds its first responder agencies dry. FDNY, EMS, NYPD, etc., should have the most money spent on their needs, should have the most personnel, and should have the most up-to-date, functional equipment. The city will certainly head down the crapper if there is no money for basic emergency services. No one wants to see headlines like this one or worry what will happen in the event of a large scale emergency (like the tornado/microburst or the Dec 26th snowstorm). Stop spending money on tweeding programs and losing out on revenue by providing developer tax breaks which only serve to overwhelm the systems in place and instead focus on crime and fire prevention.