Yesterday, Senator Chuck Schumer insisted he isn’t a harsh critic of the Obama administration.
“In general I’ve been very supportive of the administration’s efforts,” Mr. Schumer said, at a press conference calling for the State Department to put the Pakistani Taliban on the department’s terror list. “But throughout, when I disagree with them–as I do on funding for New York–I make my voice known.”
Well, today, in response to news that the Department of Homeland Security will cut the city’s Mass Transit and Port Security funding, Mr. Schumer made his voice known, in rather harsh terms.
“For the administration to announce these cuts two weeks after the attempted Times Square bombing shows they just don’t get it and are not doing right by New York City on anti-terrorism funding,” Mr. Schumer said in a statement. “We urge them to reconsider this decision. Instead of distributing funding all over the country, they should focus their attention where the greatest threat exists, right here in New York.”
The cuts come 11 days after the scare in Times Square, and one day before Mr. Obama visits New York City–a trip that’s rumored to include a stop at police headquarters.