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Howard Mills on Homeland Security


Homeland security should not be normal pork-barrel spending

MILLS: New York ranks below Wyoming on a per capita basis in homeland security monies. All homeland security monies should be allocated on a risk-assessment basis. It should not be normal pork-barrel spending as usual. We're not getting enough.

SCHUMER Sen. Clinton and I got a fund past the Senate, that would give New York a very fair share. In the first year, we got a good share. Then it slipped, mainly because the Bush administration was not fighting for us. But we're going to get those funds back.

Source: 2004 NY Senate Debate, excerpted in NY Times Oct 17, 2004

Give law enforcement officials the tools they need

I believe the safety and security of our nation is the most important issue facing America today. With this in mind, it is more important than ever to give law enforcement officials the tools they need to protect the public. In the Assembly, I voted for the New York State Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001, and also voted to expand penalties for falsely reporting an incident and for reporting a bomb threat. I supported the creation of the PATRIOT act, and support its reauthorization. I support heightened resources to be expended on New York State's northern borders, and for the return of United States Customs offices to New York City. Finally, with New York City the victim of the largest attack on United States soil, and as the most obvious target for future attacks, I would fight any attempts to weaken federal homeland security funding for New York City, and place our funding levels on par with other states and communities where the threat is not even remotely on par near that of the Big Apple.
Source: Campaign website, mills2004.com, "Issues" Aug 17, 2004

More funding for NYC security and PATRIOT Act

I believe the safety and security of our nation is the most important issue facing America today. With this in mind, it is more important than ever to give law enforcement officials the tools they need to protect the public. In the Assembly, I voted for the New York State Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001, and also voted to expand penalties for falsely reporting an incident and for reporting a bomb threat. I supported the creation of the PATRIOT act, and support its reauthorization. I support heightened resources to be expended on New York State's northern borders, and for the return of United States Customs offices to New York City. Finally, with New York City the victim of the largest attack on United States soil, and as the most obvious target for future attacks, I would fight any attempts to weaken federal homeland security funding for New York City, and place our funding levels on par with other states and communities where the threat is not even remotely on par near that of the Big Apple.
Source: Campaign website, www.mills2004.com, "Issues" Jul 2, 2004

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