Reps. Maloney and Donovan Applaud DOJ Reimbursement to NYC for President-Elect Protection Costs

Sep 7, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) FY 2017 President-Elect Security Assistance Reimbursement Grant Program has awarded nearly $26 million to New York City to reimburse costs incurred protecting then-President Elect Trump and his family between Election Day and Inauguration Day. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Congressman Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. (NY-11) who jointly led efforts to make sure NYC was reimbursed for these costs, applauded the grant.

“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 Rep. Maloney. “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.”

"Protecting the President is a national priority. I'm glad that our efforts to obtain reimbursement to the City of New York for the extraordinary cost of securing one of the busiest intersections in the world were successful,” said Rep. Donovan. “Thank you to my colleagues on the appropriations committee, before whom I testified earlier this year, to Congresswoman Maloney, and to the rest of our delegation."

Background:

The NYPD's final calculation for costs associated with security for  then-President Elect Trump between Election Day and Inauguration Day was $25.7 million. Following this final tally released in March, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Congressman Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. (NY-11), led a bipartisan group of 14 other members of the New York Delegation in a formal request to the Appropriations committee that the City of New York be fully reimbursed for costs incurred to protect then President-elect Donald Trump and his family between Election Day and Inauguration Day.

This letter followed an earlier request led by Congresswoman Maloney and Congressman José Serrano made in December before passage of a Continuing Resolution that only included $7 million for reimbursement to New York City. 

The bipartisan budget agreement reached in May 2017 included $20 million to reimburse state and local law enforcement for costs associated with protection of the President-elect between Election Day and Inauguration Day and $41 million to reimburse costs post inauguration.

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