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NY poised to recover millions in Trump security costs

NY poised to recover millions in Trump security costs

Leaders from both parties struck a budget deal Sunday that includes $68 million to reimburse the local law enforcement agencies that protect Trump and his family, city officials told Patch.

The New York City Police Department says it costs $500,000 each day to provide security in and around Trump Tower, a figure that could reach as much as $183 million per year.

The presidents weekend trips to the Mar-a-Lago resort as well as the cost of protecting Trump Tower in New York City, where the First Lady and Trump's son Barron now reside, have caused a strain on local law enforcement.

According to the New York Times, an additional $23 million is earmarked for the costs of outfitting Trump Tower, the office and residential building owned by the president, with "the necessary equipment and personnel, as well as to rent space inside the building for agency personnel".

Altogether, New York City and other state and local governments that have hosted the president would receive $61 million in the latest federal budget deal.

"We're not budgeting for something that's a federal responsibility", he said, according to a transcript of his remarks.

The package contains $27 million for reimbursement of costs incurred before Trump's inauguration in January.

City taxpayers are now dishing out an estimated $150,000 per day for the personal NYPD and FDNY security detail assigned to Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan. Photographer Samir Abady spent several days hanging out at there as the site continued to draw tourists eager to see one of the homes of the president. Another $41 million allocated to cover "extraordinary law enforcement personnel costs" directly related to securing a "residence of the President that is designated for protection".

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio thanked New York's lawmakers for helping pass the measure.

New York City has borne the heaviest cost since Trump was elected.

When the president visits his wife and child in the future, NYPD security costs during his visits would shoot up to around $308,000 per day, O'Neill said - the same as when he still lived at the Tower.

First lady Melania Trump and son Barron are expected to move from Trump Tower to the White House this summer.

Florida Rep. Ted Deutch, a Democrat who represents parts of Palm Beach County, the home of Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, said the reimbursement was an "important first step" and one that should spur a conversation about Trump's security costs.


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