Interesting article in the Buffalo News over the weekend about New York State receiving supplemental Homeland Security funding to the tune of $55 million with a whopping $311,000 coming to Buffalo/Erie County/Niagara County and the rest going to New York City.
Of that small portion for Western New York, you can bet very little of that will find its way to Niagara County. According to the article, most will go for Maritime Security.
Now follow my train of thought on Homeland Security, and note this really gets me angry:
1) The Canadian border represents such a terrorist threat that we must make it damn near impossible for people to cross the border, creating delays that last several hours. We don't care if we kill tourism and impact trade, we must protect Western New York from all the terrorists who want to shop at the Outlets....BUT......
2) Western New York is not really at any risk for terrorism so we don't see any reason to make any significant investment in the region when it comes to Homeland Security dollars.
This inconsistency is typical bureaucratic doublespeak and yet I don't see any federal elected officials calling them on the carpet over this nonsense.
We get government agencies making decisions that sound good in press releases yet have zero appreciation for the huge ramifications they have on border communities such as ours.