New York City is asking for up to $35 million in federal funds as reimbursement for providing protection to the president-elect, who happens to reside on the top floors of a glass tower on one of the busiest streets in Manhattan.
De Blasio sent letters to President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders on Monday asking for federal funds to pay for security costs from the November 8 election through January 20, when Trump is to take the oath of office in Washington and become the 45th US president.
Costs are over $475,000 (£373,180) a day, which will cover the round-the-clock security at Trump Tower at 57th Street and 5th Avenue - one of the busiest areas in NY. 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. "We will begin the conversation with the federal government shortly on reimbursement for the NYPD for some of the costs that we are incurring", de Blasio said.
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One petition lobbies for federal funds to cover the security costs; it is meant to be delivered to Trump.
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"The cost of providing the president-elect with the appropriate level of security through the transition period is substantial and, as of now, borne exclusive by New Yorkers", the letter addressed to the president stated.
Trump has said that his wife and son will remain in NY after the inauguration so 10-year-old Barron can finish school.
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Swastikas were found painted inside of a New York City commuter train Saturday. De Blasio says that security expenses "are now borne exclusively by the City's taxpayers and are not otherwise reimbursable under existing federal law or programs".
Trump Tower has always been Trump's home base. "Absolutely!", de Blasio said at a news conference in which he sat next to Aml Elsokary, a Muslim NYC police officer who - along with her son - were the targets of a hate attack last week.