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Counterterror Aid Is Tied Up by the States, Mayors Assert

Mayors from some of the nation’s largest cities declared today that the safety of their people was being endangered because cities had not received their share of the billions of dollars in federal counterterrorism aid promised by Washington after the Sept. 11 attacks. The warnings came as the United States Conference of Mayors released a survey showing that 90 percent of cities had not received any part of a $1.5 billion federal fund approved this year to help local emergency workers prepare for a terrorist strike and other disasters. The bipartisan frustration of the mayors, who joined at a news conference in New York to issue the results of the survey, was directed not so much at Washington as at state governments, where, they said, much of an estimated $4 billion in overall counterterrorism aid dispatched by Washington this year has been bottled up. Full Story

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