Congressman Bob Turner (NY-09), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, voted yesterday to support H.R. 5856, the 2013 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, which includes funding for Brooklyn's 24th National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (WMD-CST). The WMD-CST is located at Fort Hamilton, which is NYC's only active military installation.
"As a New Yorker and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, I know just how important it is that the NYPD and our first responders have all the support they can get in responding to a potential WMD attack or other emergency. The WMD-CST, located right here in Brooklyn at Fort Hamilton, is important to keeping New York safe and secure, and I am not going to stand idly by and watch bureaucrats take this important asset away from our city."
The Department of Defense had recommended eliminating two of the 57 Civil Support Teams (CST's) nationwide, including the one at Fort Hamilton. H.R. 5856, utilizing the authorization language presented by Rep. Michael Grimm (NY-13), would preserve funding to keep all of the CST's operating. The CST provides support to civil authorities, like the NYPD and FDNY, in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or massive explosive incident.
Congressman Bob Turner represents New York's 9th Congressional district and serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and House Committee on Homeland Security.