Cuomo Sta­tions State Troop­ers at NYC Air­ports Push­ing Spend­ing $26M Over Bud­get

The Jewish Voice - - NEW YORK - By Han­nah Hayes

The con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion by Gov­er­nor An­drew Cuomo to sta­tion state troop­ers at air­ports in New York City is cost­ing mil­lions of dol­lars more than orig­i­nally ex­pected. Crit­ics say that Cuomo’s rea­son for post­ing the troop­ers is merely to bulk up his rep­u­ta­tion through­out the five bor­oughs.

Last week, the Cuomo ad­min­is­tra­tion posted a quar­terly bud­get re­port on­line that showed an in­crease in State Po­lice spend­ing of $26 mil­lion from what was ini­tially an­tic­i­pated in April when the 201718 bud­get was en­acted.

The re­port stated, “In­creased spend­ing is driven by an en­hanced pres­ence at the JFK and LaGuardia Air­ports in or­der to bol­ster air­port se­cu­rity, de­ter ter­ror­ism and pro­vide.”

The re­port also sited that the rea­son for the in­crease in spend­ing was a class of State Po­lice re­cruits that was much big­ger than an­tic­i­pated.

The in­crease was de­fended by Cuomo’s bud­get di­vi­sion’s spokesman Mor­ris Peters.

Peters said, "When State Po­lice be­comes aware of po­ten­tial threats, ad­di­tional re­sources are de­ployed to crit­i­cal lo­ca­tions as se­cu­rity may re­quire. The length of this as­sign­ment — which state po­lice made out of pro­longed se­cu­rity con­cerns — was not yet set dur­ing the ini­tial bud­get. These ad­just­ments are well within our frame­work and are ex­actly the rea­sons why we do these up­dates."

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the to­tal of the State Po­lice’s bud­get, in­clud­ing the ad­just­ments to the spend­ing, was $653.3 mil­lion.

The Daily News re­ports, “Crit­ics have charged that Cuomo’s as­sign­ment of state po­lice troop­ers to city air­ports is un­nec­es­sary and in­tended largely to bol­ster his pro­file in the five bor­oughs. Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials in­sist the de­ploy­ment was in­tended to bet­ter guard against ter­ror­ism.”

The sta­tion­ing of State Troop­ers at New York City air­ports has led to spend­ing $26 mil­lion over bud­get.

Crit­ics say that Gov­er­nor An­drew Cuomo is us­ing the pres­ence of State Troop­ers to bol­ster his rep­u­ta­tion in the bor­oughs.

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