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Now, the federal government has cut Homeland Security funding for Fairfield County – money to complete a sophisticated communication system designed to allow emergency responders to speak with each other on the same frequency.
Mayor Bill Finch points out that $4 million has already been spent and the network is nearly complete.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Killed In Double Shooting On Lower East Side, Second Victim In Hospital
“To eliminate it, it just doesn’t make any sense to anyone around here. Maybe it does in Washington, but not on Main Street,” says Finch. “We have seen a terrorist hiding in our city who tried to blow up Times Square. We have seen, just last week, somebody making pipe bombs in his apartment.”
The mayor says the project is now on hold for the want of $2 million in federal funds to finish it.MORE NEWS: New York Weather: CBS2’s 10/16 Saturday Morning Forecast
Hartford is also among 31 cities nationwide losing critical federal funding.