N.Y. Steamed Over Terror Fund Cutbacks

DHS slates a 40 percent cut in anti-terror funding for New York


_ Pay half of the $200 million annual cost of heavily armored patrols - called Operation Atlas - and other current security measures, including protection for the nation's largest mass transit system.

_ Provide $38 million for counterterrorism training and equipment, such as biological and radioactive detection devices.

One out-of-towner visiting the Empire State Building on Thursday had no problem with the federal cutbacks.

"At some point, you have to stop pouring in money," said George Kent, 77, of Reno, Nev. "I think the national treasury needs the money."

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Associated Press Writers Devlin Barrett, Sara Kugler, Lara Jakes Jordan, Desmond Butler and Tom Hays contributed to this report.

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