NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The NYPD may be forced to make do as the Department of Homeland Security announces massive budget cuts to its bomb detection program.
The announcement came less than 24 hours after President Barack Obama said he’s more concerned about the prospect of a nuclear weapon exploding in New York City than Russia’s recent actions.
And as CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco reports, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is now blasting the Obama administration over the dramatic cuts.
“Hard to believe in the ‘Can you believe this Department?’ Schumer said. “Yesterday, the president correctly says he worried about a nuclear weapon, and yet the Department of Homeland Security announces it is cutting this program which is one of our bulwarks to prevent any nuclear weapon from being smuggled into Manhattan.”
The NYPD has some of the most high-tech bomb and radiation detection equipment. But securing the city by land, sea and air comes at a price.
And now the program, which helps the NYPD detect bombs and radiation, is scheduled to be cut from $11 million to $4.7 million, CBS 2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported.
“The NYPD informed me of this last night. They were very upset but we will make a fight,” Schumer added.
During a news conference Tuesday, a reporter asked Obama whether his Republican opponent in the last presidential election, Mitt Romney, had a point when he said Russia was America’s biggest geopolitical foe.
The question comes in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea.