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Mayor Tells Panel 'Pork Barrel Politics' Is Increasing Risk of Terrorism for City

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg told the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks yesterday that the federal government is placing New York City in greater danger by providing too little money to defend the city against future terrorist attacks. Describing the nation’s counterterrorism budget as “pork barrel politics at its worst,” Mr. Bloomberg told the commission that under current spending formulas, states and cities with little threat of being attacked are getting far more in federal subsidies per capita than New York. “It’s the kind of shortsighted ‘me first’ nonsense that gives Washington a bad name,” the mayor said, and “has the effect of aiding and abetting those who hate us and plot against us.” Full Story

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