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In February, President Obama proposed to cut federal counter-terrorism funding from $600 million to $330 million, which included a reduction in funding for New York City from $180 million to $90 million.

In response, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and others urged the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations against such a drastic reduction in funding, explaining that New York City relies on the Urban Area Security Initiative Program to protect the city considered the nation’s top terror target.  The NYPD relies on this funding to train police officers and FDNY in counter-terrorism measures, planning and preparation for catastrophic events, and to maintain counter-terrorism units at transit centers, landmarks, airports, etc.

On May 26, 2016, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations announced that it rejected President Obama’s proposal, and will maintain the original amount of counter-terrorism funding.

Call Pitta Giblin & Baione LLP at 1-844-WTC-COMP to speak with an attorney about whether you may be eligible for benefits under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

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