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Feds pledge $64.2M to tighten transit security

(The Associated Press circulated the following on August 17.)

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey will get a share of nearly $64.2 million in U.S. Homeland Security funds aimed at securing mass transit and ports in the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan regions, state officials announced Thursday.

The exact amount going to New Jersey, which has yet to be determined, is in addition to a Homeland Security grant of more than $61 million announced last month. That money, directed toward New Jersey police, fire and emergency personnel, is a sizable increase from last year's $52 million anti-terrorism allotment.

In the latest disbursement, New Jersey will get a portion of about $37.2 million being divided for mass transit protection. NJ Transit, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority are among the agencies eligible for grants.

Also eligible are regional systems in Westchester County, N.Y., and Connecticut.

That money is in addition to $61 million

Friday, August 17, 2007

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