Kerik At Homeland Security
The NY Times reports on the ever-changing Cabinet, with the spotlight now mainly on revelations that former NYC Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik will be nominated to replace Tom Ridge as Secretary of Homeland Security. Just as previously suggested of Rudolph Giuliani, Kerik proved at times to be divisive during his tenure in NYC, but just as with the possibility of Giuliani filling the post, the fact that a New Yorker will now presumably be in charge of anti-terrorism preparation and funding bodes well for the city and other major metropolitan areas that have have previously received pathetic federal support for prevention and protection against terrorism. Excerpts (emphasis added):
"'If there were ever a state that deserved to have one of its citizens appointed head of homeland security it's New York,' said Senator Charles E. Schumer, a Democrat, who spoke with Mr. Kerik on Thursday night to congratulate him. 'New York should always be the focal point of homeland security activities, and Bernie Kerik is a tried and true New Yorker who understands our city, our state, our problems and our needs. We look forward to working with him to bring greater help in terms of dollars and security for New York.'
"Mr. Kerik also spoke Thursday night to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who issued a statement saying he knew the needs of New York and other areas at most risk of terrorist attack and could 'ensure that homeland security funds be allocated based on threat, risk and other factors recommended by the 9/11 Commission.'"