New York congress members push for federal reimbursement of Trump Tower security costs

Mar 9, 2017
In The News

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of New York lawmakers submitted a formal request for the federal government to reimburse $18.7 million the city has shelled out for security around President Trump's residence at Trump Tower on Wednesday.

The group, led by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) and Dan Donovan (R-Staten Island), asks the House Appropriations Committee to make up the rest of the $25.7 million the city has spent for the NYPD to help the Secret Service guard the building and FDNY's work around it.

"The scale of the security needs to secure Trump Tower in the heart of midtown Manhattan is unprecedented, and the NYPD has done an outstanding job, in cooperation with the Secret Service, of devoting the personnel and resources necessary to protect and properly secure the area," the letter states.

"New Yorkers should not be called upon to foot this bill and bear these costs alone," Maloney told the Daily News. "The scale of the operation to protect the President’s residence in the nation’s largest city and one of its densest areas is unprecedented."

Maloney found a trio of Republicans to join the 18-member letter — including Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), a close Trump ally and the first congressman to back the President during the GOP primary.

Maloney told the Daily News she was "optimistic" the government would find the millions — but "it's not over until it's in the budget."