De Blasio wants $35M to pay for Trump Tower security
He wrote a letter to President Obama seeking the funds
The city is seeking $35 million from the federal government to cover the costs of security at Trump Tower.
Mayor Bill de Blasio sent a letter asking President Barack Obama to reimburse the New York Police Department for providing security at Trump Tower [TRDataCustom], Politico reported. The $35 million estimate would cover the costs incurred from Nov. 8 to January 20, 2017, working out to roughly $500,000 per day. De Blasio also said on Monday that he spoke to Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s expected Treasury Secretary-pick, about the costs faced by the police department.
Last week, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council member Dan Garodnick launched a petition pressing the federal government to foot the security costs.
Trump’s wife, Melania, and his youngest son, Barron, will remain at the Trump Tower penthouse so that the 10-year-old can continue attending his Upper West Side private school. The First Lady and Barron may or may not move to the White House at the end of the school year. [Politico] — Kathryn Brenzel