New Yorkers are up in arms over President-elect Donald Trump's massive security detail and are demanding to be reimbursed for the extra costs associated with it.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said Monday that he was sending a letter to President Barack Obama asking to be reimbursed for $35 million that will have been spent on Trump's security detail in NYC through Inauguration Day, which works out to about $400,000 per day.
According to the New York Daily News, de Blasio said NYPD cops working security around Trump Tower are working primarily on an overtime basis because the city can't risk relocating security from other parts of the city, which is part of the high cost of protecting the incoming first family.
In a separate letter to Congress, city officials asked to be reimbursed via a Justice Department block grant program, the Daily News reported, which has been used to refund some towns in the past during presidential transitions.
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However, the letter notes that the city is ineligible for funding under the Presidential Protection Act of 1976, which only covers jurisdictions with a population of less than 7,000. Reimbursements under that act cap at $300,000.
One member of Congress, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y), even wrote a letter to de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) asking to not leave New York taxpayers "on the hook" for Trump's security detail — in addition to the security that will come with future first lady Melania Trump staying in Manhattan through the 2016-17 school year.
The letter was written in conjunction with five other NYC representatives.
"[W]e respectfully request that New York City and the State refuse to pay additional security costs associated with maintaining a second permanent residence at Trump Tower once the President-Elect is inaugurated," they wrote. "Should the President-Elect choose to maintain two permanent residences for his family, it is reasonable to request he reimburse the city and the state for all additional security expenses from his own significant personal financial resources."
A similar petition on change.org has also been circulating, garnering more than 100,000 signatures, asking top New York lawmakers to refuse to pay for Melania's extra security after Trump's inauguration.
It's not clear if these people had any qualms with President Barack Obama traveling to New York City or ever asked to be reimbursed for the costs that come with providing extra security in an uber-urban area.
However, while de Blasio doesn't want NYC taxpayers to be on the hook for Trump's extra security, he made it crystal clear earlier this week that he doesn't have any problems providing abortions to the city's residents should Planned Parenthood be defunded under Trump's administration.
In remarks made Monday, De Blasio said that if federal funding of the abortion provider is ever stripped, he will personally "ensure" that women will receive their abortions — via NYC taxpayer dollars.