2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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REQUIRING PUERTO RICO TO DISTRIBUTE FEDERAL FIRST RESPONDER ASSISTANCE TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

     WHEREAS, Puerto Rico’s Federation of Mayors (PRFM) is committed to the war against terrorism; and

     WHEREAS, after September 11, 2001 cities throughout Puerto Rico have tried to allocate unbudgeted resources to the new war on terrorism; and

     WHEREAS, during the recent state of High Alert on the National Threat Alert System, and Operation Iraqi Freedom many cities in Puerto Rico were unable to meet the security requirements of High Alert Status; and

     WHEREAS, many cities in Puerto Rico lack the economic resources to effectively implement adequate training, equipment, and personnel to secure America’s back door; and

     WHEREAS, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico will submit the state strategic plan on homeland security with the purpose of assigning total funding to the state and not local units of Government without the local governments involvement on the analysis or threat evaluation; and

     WHEREAS, the Federation of Mayors in Puerto Rico is concerned with the commonwealth of Puerto Rico proposed Homeland Strategic Plan if approved, it will greatly limit local units of governments ability to effectively implement first responder programs, training, and equipment,

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Federation of Mayors in Puerto Rico by this resolution requests the intervention of The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Department of Homeland Security to mandate the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to distribute the 80 percent of Homeland Security funds to local units of government.