N.Y. POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE
UH, D.C. -- TERROR TARGETS ARE HERE
By GEOFF EARLE and NILES LATHEM Post Correspondents
A postcard blitz from Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rep. Peter King will allow the Bush administration to see for itself that such landmarks as the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Shea Stadium exist in New York City. The feds claimed there are no monuments in the Apple worth defending from terrorists. A postcard blitz from Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rep. Peter King will allow the Bush administration to see for itself that such landmarks as the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Shea Stadium exist in New York City.
June 2, 2006 -- WASHINGTON - Ticked-off New Yorkers are sending Homeland Security boss Michael Chertoff a message - "Wish you were here!" - in a postcard protest against the 40 percent cut in federal anti-terror aid to the city.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton teamed up with Rep. Peter King yesterday to mail Chertoff the first of an expected avalanche of picture postcards of New York landmarks. The Clinton and King cards - depicting the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Shea Stadium and Metropolitan Museum of Art - began with, "Dear Secretary Chertoff, Just a quick note from one of New York's many national monuments and icons."
In their postcard featuring the Brooklyn Bridge, the message reads, "Did you know that the longest single span of the Brooklyn Bridge is 1,595 feet and that it sees 144,000 vehicle crossings everyday?"
The message on the back of the postcard featuring Shea Stadium reads, "Since its opening, Shea Stadium has attracted more than 73 million fans!"
The postcard featuring the Statue of Liberty says, "Since 1886, the Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of American liberty and ideals. But did you know that the length of Lady Liberty's hand is 16 feet and five inches?"
In each of the cards, they signed off with, "Wish you were here! Hillary and Pete."
Clinton, a Democrat, and King, a Republican who represents Long Island, want to deluge Chertoff with cards to protest his department's determination that the New York funding cut is justified. A federal analysis shockingly claimed there are no national symbols or icons in the Big Apple. * Mayor Bloomberg suggested the money may have been spread around the country like pork for political reasons.
Each New York state resident is getting $2.78 in homeland funds - including the substantial but reduced funds for New York City. But each resident of tranquil Vermont gets $17.24, while snowbound Alaskans get $11.54.
Additional reporting by Stephanie Gaskell