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U.S. Awards $100 Mln to 7 Cities to Boost Defenses

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which has been criticized for not giving enough money to local governments that have boosted anti-terror security efforts at Washington’s request, said on Tuesday seven major cities would receive a total of $100 million. About one quarter of the grant, or just under $25 million, was earmarked for New York City, whose mayor has been vocal in asking for more money to pay for heightened security. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city’s $11 million share of the previous $566 million allocation was “ridiculous.” Earlier this year the Department of Homeland Security shared out the $566 million from the fiscal 2003 budget for state and local governments to better equip them to respond to terrorism. But the formula used to divide up the money was criticized, and Homeland Security officials vowed to find a way to allocate funds based on threat analysis, risk and population. Officials in New York and other big cities said they had incurred heavy costs and could not afford to comply with heightened security procedures implemented by the government. Full Story

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