NY13 Blog; Retaking NY-13 from Rep. Vito Fossella

Following the corruption, ineffectiveness and hypocrisy of Rep. Vito Fossella.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Fossella's President to cut funding to NYC security

Via the Associated Press;

A Bush administration plan to slash antiterror grant programs by more than half would threaten the safety of U.S. cities, New York politicians charged Saturday.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, DN. Y., blasted the administration's plan to eliminate some port and rail security programs and to cut Homeland Security grants for states and cities from $3.4 billion in the fiscal year 2007 to $1.4 billion in 2009.

Senators Schumer and Clinton along with representatives of Mayor Bloomberg have all spoken strongly condemning President Bush's short sighted and outrageous plan to cut security funding which would drastically impact New York City. Rep. Fossella has also joined the chorus attacking this illogical plan. Via the Advance;

"America can't afford to take this giant step backwards in fighting the terrorists. This proposal would gut funding for New York's police officers, firefighters and other emergency responders. It would make our city more vulnerable to a terror attack. I will do everything in my power to make sure this proposal is defeated."

The difference between these officials speaking out against the President's plan is that unlike the two Senators Fossella worked to give President Bush another term in the White House. He works to empower these decisions that come back to bite us. Where is Rep. Fossella's clout with his own party to prevent these disastrous ideas from ever coming to fruition? Now he is working to elect Rudy Giuliani despite the criticism from New York City's bravest and his sub par record on adequately equipping our responders. We can't afford more of Fossella's friends in the White House. We can't afford more of Fossella.

We have already seen that Fossella's lack of clout means he can't get disaster relief funding for his district. He can't get simple honorary motions passed in Congress. Now security funding is going to be cut by the leader of his own party. It is not just that Vito Fossella has no clout in DC he has no respect from anyone else in DC.

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