Cindy Rodriguez is the Urban Policy reporter for New York Public Radio.
New York, NY –
Sen. Charles Schumer says the federal government has agreed to give New York $18 million for an NYPD initiative aimed at stopping nuclear and radiological devices from entering the city.
Schumer says the money will help pay for more sensors along highways, at toll plazas, bridges, and tunnels, and eventually, waterways:
"It is probably our last line of defense against a nuclear weapon being smuggled into the five boroughs and that is our greatest nightmare," Schumer says.
According to Schumer, $73 million have already been spent on the counterterrorism initiative, which also requires monitoring the equipment and tests to make sure the sensors are making accurate readings.