City Has Two Weeks To Comply Or Repay Over $4 Million
NYC COUNCIL CANDIDATE CAPANO: “NYC Should Not Lose Law Enforcement Funding Because Mayor de Blasio Would Rather Protect Criminal Aliens Over Law-Abiding Citizens”
Today, Bob Capano, a staunch supporter of the NYPD and Reform Party candidate in Brooklyn’s 43rd City Council District (Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach) called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to comply with federal immigration laws so that New York City does not have to repay $4.3 million in federal grant funds received in 2016 for law enforcement.
In response to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions giving Mayor de Blasio two weeks to reverse his sanctuary city policies that prohibits the NYPD and Department of Corrections from cooperating with the federal government regarding illegal immigrants Capano stated, “New York City should not lose law enforcement funding because Mayor de Blasio would rather protect criminal aliens over law-abiding citizens. Mayor de Blasio’s sanctuary city policies are costing New Yorkers. It’s bad enough we are spending $27 million of tax dollars to block the deportation of illegal alien felons in city jails, but now the Mayor wants to risk us losing another $4.3 million and future grants. Enough is enough.”
The $4.3 million New York City would have to pay back is from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program used for anti-terrorism programs. It requires localities to share information with federal officials of criminal suspects who are undocumented immigrants. The warning from the Attorney General was a result of an Executive Order signed by President Trump in January requiring the Department of Justice to review compliance with federal immigration laws by cities.
Capano, an adjunct Professor of Political Science for over 15 years, who also was a top aide for two Republican Members of Congress, Vito Fossella and Bob Turner, said it is up to Mayors to ensure requirements are followed in order to receive federal grant funds.