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Bill Ritter talks with the NYPD's Deputy Commissioner for counterterrorism, John Miller. (WABC)

This week, we begin with the White House proposal to cut federal anti-terrorism funding for New York. It would hurt the NYPD, the FDNY, and the Office of Emergency Management.

This at a time when analysts say New York City remains a top target for terrorists.

The White House wants to cut the $180 million terror funding budget to New York City by half, to $90 million.

Joining us is the NYPD's Deputy Commissioner for counterterrorism, John Miller.

Also this week, we take a closer look at the so-called black vote in the race for president. Will African-Americans come out en masse for Hillary Clinton? She's counting on it.

The Congressional Black Caucus political action committee last week officially endorsed the former Secretary of State and former U.S. Senator.

I sat down with the chairman of the committee, Congressman Gregory Meeks of New York, and asked him how this year's vitriolic presidential contest compares to those in the past.

Finally, they called themselves "The God Squad", and their titles seemed like the first line of a joke. A Jewish rabbi and a Catholic priest walk into an ABC-TV studio.

We remember one half of that duo, Monsignor Tom Hartman.

Tom and Rabbi Marc Gellman, both from Long Island, were fixtures on Good Morning America and friends of Eyewitness News, preaching not so much about religion, but about all of us treating each other with dignity and respect.

Tom Hartman was 69 when he died this past week on Long Island, from complications of Parkinson's Disease.

His friend and God Squad co-star, more like a brother really, Rabbi Marc Gellman, joined us from Los Angeles.

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