Sen. Schumer calls out Napolitano over elimination of anti-terrorist Coast Guard unit – NY Daily News

Sen. Chuck Schumer called out Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Sunday, protesting an Obama Administration plan to eliminate an anti-terrorist Coast Guard unit that keeps watch over the city’s harbor.

“They are our eyes and ears,” Schumer said of the elite, 90-member Coast Guard unit established after 9/11. The unit provides terror-related surveillance and security for waterfront events like the Fourth of July fireworks.

Obama’s federal budget, released last week, calls for transferring the unit to Boston, where it would be combined with Beantown’s Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team.