Friday, April 07, 2006

And King Says He Can Do More for NY.......

From his perch high above the Homeland Security Committee pile, King has done little for New York money-wise.

From the NYPost

WASHINGTON - Tiny Alaska fishing towns got the feds to splurge on state-of-the-art camera equipment to monitor icy harbors - even though New York City is still far short of the cameras that cops need to nab terrorists, The Post has learned.

The Big Apple is the nation's top terror target, but has to shell out millions of its own dollars to put thousands of cameras on rooftops and in subway stations.......

The NYPD has about 3,000 surveillance cameras, mostly around public housing projects. The MTA has another 2,328 on the subway, and recently inked a $212 million contract to add 1,000 more.

That may sound like a lot, but it's nothing compared to the brand-new equipment that the sleepy fishing village of Dillingham, Alaska, got - all at federal expense.

Dillingham got a $202,000 homeland-security grant, which it used to install 80 German-made Mobotix AG surveillance cameras to spy on its fleet of salmon and halibut fishing boats.

With a population of only 2,400, that comes out to one camera for every 30 people - at a cost of $84 per person.

New York City is budgeted to get $46 million from the feds to buy security cameras, which comes out to a paltry $6 for each resident......

And how important is Dillingham a target for terrorists?

Jamie Littrell, a spokesman for Alaska's homeland-security agency said, "Dillingham is a very active port, especially during the height of the fishing season." He said terrorists could use the town's airport to fly to Anchorage. "You can basically be anywhere in the United States in six to 12 hours," he said.

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