Senator: NYC to get security funding

The News Leader

January 22, 2010 5:52:42 AM PST
Sen. Charles Schumer says the Department of Homeland Security has approved funding for a program to protect New York City against a "dirty bomb" or nuclear attack. Schumer says the New York Police Department will receive $18.5 million out of a possible $20 million made available nationwide.

The program, called Securing the Cities, includes a ring of sensors.

Devices at highways, toll plazas, bridges, tunnels and waterways can detect radioactive and nuclear material before it enters the city.

They have already been placed at major entry points. They've also been distributed to law enforcers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Schumer said additional funding was needed to buy more sensors, link the equipment and conduct training.