NY City transit, ports to get $200 mln in security funds

NEW YORK, April 8 Wed Apr 8, 2009 2:27pm EDT

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NEW YORK, April 8 (Reuters) - New York Sen. Charles Schumer said on Wednesday that New York City's mass transit and port system will receive nearly $200 million in security funding from the Department of Homeland Security.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of Homeland Security, has allocated over $150 million to several New York City transit organizations, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, under the 2009 Transit Security Grant Program, Schumer, a Democrat, said in a statement.

The Port Authority was allocated more than $45 million under another FEMA program.

The federal government-run railroad company Amtrak will receive $25 million from FEMA to beef up its security.

"New York City is especially in need of anti-terrorism funding, our transit system is complex and our port system is massive," Schumer said.

(Reporting by Tom Ryan, Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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