Security for Trump Tower is causing the NYPD's budget to balloon

The president-elect's insistence on staying at Trump Tower is imposing a hardship on NYC's budget

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published January 11, 2017 8:26PM (EST)


The New York Police Department is expecting protection of Trump Tower to be very, very costly.

During a City Council hearing on Tuesday, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Management and Budget Vincent Gripppo said that the department expects costs of $500,000 per day when Trump uses Trump Tower upon becoming president, according to Gothamist.

"The bottom line is none of that comes from our existing overtime budget," Grippo told the City Council. He explained that the increase in overtime shifts has come not only from beat cops who are assigned to Trump Tower security, but also from the officers who need to pick up overtime shifts to compensate for the loss of their brethren.

"The city is reliant on overtime to compensate for the lost officer who is now located at Trump Tower," Grippo explained. While he insisted that "neighborhoods aren't adversely impacted by having fewer people on patrol," he said that "the impact comes on the fiscal side." That said, neither Grippo nor Deputy Chief James Kehoe would provide specific figures, arguing that doing so would create security risks.

"How does somebody take that [$500,000 per day] number seriously unless we know how you arrived at it?" asked Manhattan Councilmember Dan Garodnick in frustration.

This isn't the first time that New York City politicians have complained about the fiscal impact of Trump's decision to continue using Trump Tower. In December Mayor Bill de Blasio sent the Obama administration a bill for $35 million to cover the cost of protecting the building from Nov. 8 through Jan. 20, the day of Trump's inauguration.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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