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Published on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Today, San Antonio City Councilman Cris Medina released the following statement regarding the $1 million grant of Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) funding to the City of San Antonio.
"As Chairman of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, I have been to Washington, DC three times in the past few months working to get the UASI funding for San Antonio restored. Our entire congressional delegation deserves a big pat on the back, especially U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar for his role on the Homeland Security Subcommittee for the House Committee on Appropriations. These funds will help our first responders prevent and respond to any acts of terrorism and are critical to helping us keep San Antonio safe for families, businesses, and tourism. San Antonio is an international city strategically positioned as the gateway to Mexico, Central America, and South America. We are also home to several vital military installations. The UASI funds are well deserved."
UASI funds are distributed through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and geared to high-risk urban areas. San Antonio is one of only three cities in Texas to receive the funds and one of only 39 in the country. Previously, San Antonio had dropped on the risk assessment scale and UASI funds were discontinued entirely. District 7 Councilman Medina and the IGR staff have traveled to Washington, DC and held numerous meetings to seek a restoration of the funding.
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