At least four big cities – New York, Seattle, Houston, and Pittsburgh – will get no money from a $1 billion economic stimulus program to help cities avoid laying off police officers, the Associated Press reports. Only about 1,000 of 7,000 grant applications was approved. Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder are to appear in Philadelphia today to announce who gets what.
Among the winners: Philadelphia will get money to create or keep 50 law enforcement jobs; Rochester, N.Y., gets aid for 30 jobs; Kalamazoo, Mi., get nearly $2 million for 10 jobs. Others getting COPS aid include: Mobile, Al., Mesa, A., Tulare County, Ca., Monroe County, Fl., the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Baltimore, Providence, R.I., Salt Lake City, Utah, and Huntington, W.Va. New York City missed out, officials said, because of its low crime rate and stable city budget. Politico.com quoted New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as saying, “To punish our police department because they have driven down crime with fewer resources shows the backwards incentive system that is sometimes at work in Washington.”