Mayors Gripe That Terrorism Aid Is Tied Up By States

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Mayors from some of the nation’s largest cities said Wednesday the safety of citizens 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, reports the New York Times.

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.

The survey, conducted last month among 168 cities, including all the largest ones, also found that more than half the city governments had not been consulted about, or at least had had no opportunity to influence, decision-making in their state over how federal counterterrorism money would be spent.


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