Chair Thompson, Vice Chair Torres Lead Bipartisan Letter to MTA Regarding Security Cameras in Wake of NYC Subway Shooting
(WASHINGTON) – Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY), Vice Chairman of the Committee, led a bipartisan letter to the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) following the New York City Subway shooting in Sunset Park, Brooklyn last week. After it was revealed that security cameras were not functioning on the day of the shooting, the Members request information regarding how the MTA uses funds it has received through the Department of Homeland Security’s Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) and if it uses grant funding for camera maintenance. MTA received almost $50 million through the TSGP in FY21 and FY20.
“Given the disturbing and continued rise of subway attacks this year, we write to urge you to be more transparent regarding how your agency utilizes Federal funding to secure the subway system and protect riders,” the Members wrote.
The letter was also signed by: Ranking Member Katko (R-NY), Reps. Jackson Lee (D-TX), Payne (D-NJ), Correa (D-CA), Green (D-TX), Clarke (D-NY), Swalwell (D-CA), Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Rice (D-NY), Barragán (D-CA), Malinowski (D-NJ), Jeffries (D-NY), Gimenez (R-FL), Garbarino (R-NY)
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