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New York will get $26 million to pay for Trump’s security costs

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New York is receiving about $26 million in federal funds to reimburse law enforcement agencies for costs related to protecting President Trump, his family and their Manhattan residence.

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) on Wednesday announced the grants, adding that the money covers the span between Election Day last November and Trump’s Inauguration Day last January.

Lowey is the ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee, which is currently chaired by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ).

The New York Police Department (NYPD) is getting $18.9 million of the funds, while the Suffolk County Police Department will receive $7 million.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill had previously written to New York’s congressional delegation seeking the reimbursement.

The original estimate for protecting Trump, his family and Trump Tower in New York City was $35 million but was later lowered to $24 million.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said that his city’s residents are getting back part of what they’re owed for safeguarding the Trumps and their property.

Trump spent most of his time from Election Day last Nov. 8 to his inauguration last Jan. 20 at his penthouse apartment in New York City’s Trump Tower.

The 58-story skyscraper is located on Fifth Avenue near Central Park, which is an area popular with tourists.

De Blasio initially asked the federal government in December for up to $35 million for covering security costs associated with the Trumps and their residence, but the final total was lower.

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O’Neill noted in February, however, that it sometimes cost $308,000 daily to protect Trump Tower between November 2016 and last January.

The police commissioner also said the New York City Fire Department had incurred $1.7 million in costs during the same period.

He additionally noted that the fire department would face roughly $4.5 million in annual costs to keep protecting Trump Tower.

“We anticipate these costs will increase significantly whenever the president is in New York City,” he said.

“Trump Tower itself now presents a target to those who wish to commit acts of terrorism against our country, further straining our limited counterterrorism resources.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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