Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Lowey, Serrano, Maloney and de Blasio Announce Nearly $26 Million in Federal Funds to Reimburse NY Law Enforcement Agencies for Trump Security Costs

Sep 8, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee; Congressman José E. Serrano (D-NY15), Ranking Member of the Appropriations Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee; Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY12), and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, today announced $25,943,449 in federal funds to reimburse New York law enforcement agencies for costs incurred protecting then-President-elect Trump during the presidential transition period.

The funding was awarded through the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) FY 2017 President-Elect Security Assistance Reimbursement Grant Program.

“This is a major victory for New York taxpayers and law enforcement, who shouldn’t have to foot the bill for the federal responsibility of protecting the president-elect,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “These federal funds will help offset the significant costs New York law enforcement incurred protecting then-President-elect Trump while simultaneously maintaining their extraordinary efforts to protect millions of New Yorkers.”

“This is an important victory for fairness and common sense.  This funding helps make New York City financially whole again by reimbursing the costs of protecting the President-elect between Election Day and Inauguration Day.  The NYPD did an extraordinary job in performing what is really a federal responsibility, and I am glad that we were able to help ensure that public safety didn’t suffer as a result of this obligation. As a member of the Appropriations subcommittee and Ranking Member of CJS subcommittee where the money was appropriated, I want to thank our colleagues on both sides of the aisle for understanding the need for this reimbursement,” said Congressman Serrano.

“New York City taxpayers have now gotten back part of what they’re owed,” said Mayor de Blasio. “That’s excellent news for our city and the hardworking police officers faced with this unprecedented security challenge. This was not an easy fight and we could not have done it without the tireless help of our congressional delegation, including U.S. Representatives Nita Lowey, Grace Meng, Jose Serrano, Dan Donovan, Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler, and Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.”

“The NYPD and FDNY did an exceptional job meeting the unprecedented demands of protecting then-President elect Trump in and around Trump Tower, which is in the heart of Manhattan in my district,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12). “It was simply unfair to expect local law enforcement and New York City taxpayers alone to bear the costs of a national security priority. This had to be a federal responsibility, and I was very pleased that Congress appropriated funds for reimbursement to affected localities earlier this year, as I and many of colleagues urged. This latest funding award ensures the federal government meets this responsibility. I will continue to monitor the ongoing costs of protecting the President when he and his family are in New York and I believe that federal funds should be made available to the city as necessary in the future.

New York City spent $24 million protecting Trump Tower and the First Family from Election Day through Inauguration Day. Estimates showed that the city spent, on average, $127,000 to $146,000 a day for the NYPD to protect the First Family when President Trump was not in town, and $308,000 per day when the President was in New York City.

The $25,943,449 to the State of New York (through two awards of $18,943,449 and $7,000,000) will reimburse the New York City Police Department and the Suffolk County Police Department for overtime and associated fringe benefits for law enforcement costs associated with the extraordinary security required to protect the president-elect.

In May, Congressman Serrano and Congresswoman Lowey helped secure $68 million in federal funds to defray manpower costs incurred protecting President Trump, then-President-elect Trump, and the first family.

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Congressman José E. Serrano has represented The Bronx in Congress since 1990.  He is a Senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.