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"JFK gets $10M to boost security"
Saturday, September 4, 2004
JFK gets $10M to boost security
The New York (NY) Daily News
Kennedy Airport will receive almost $10 million in grant money from the U.S.
Department of Transportation to cover security enhancements.
The two Federal Aviation Administration grants will be used to upgrade
airport security measures such as detection systems, fencing and guard
booths. The grants total $9,878,101.
"These FAA grants will help the Port Authority to meet its mandate to make
our airports the safest and most secure in the world," said Pasquale
DiFulco, a spokesman for the Port Authority, which manages the airport.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who has led the charge to improve airport
security, said the money should help ensure that steps are being taken to
provide the best possible airport security measures.
Schumer noted that a year ago, three Brooklyn youths in an inflatable raft
were blown ashore at Kennedy Airport and did not encounter any airport
security until they walked into the airport's police headquarters.
"In this post-9/11 world, airport security needs to remain a No. 1
priority," said Schumer. "The funds will allow Kennedy International Airport
to carry out its plans for a series of improvements."
A third grant, amounting to $327,924, will be used for runway area
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