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City to get $10 million up front for G-20 security

| Friday, Aug. 14, 2009

U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills, said today federal officials have promised to put $10 million toward security costs during the Group of 20 economic summit in September.

The total cost will be about $19 million, meaning the state, county and city must make up the balance.

Doyle said Gov. Ed Rendell agreed to chip in $6.3 million, including an in-kind contribution of 60 state troopers woth $1.8 million. The city and county have reserves to cover the remaining $2.7 million, he said.

"I want to thank President Obama, Governor Rendell, Senators (Arlen) Specter and (Bob) Casey, and Congressman Doyle for their work in making sure Pittsburgh has the resources necessary to host a safe and successful G-20 summit," Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said in a statement released by his office.

Doyle learned of the $10 million committment from the U.S. Department of Justice during a conference call today with Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor and assistant to Obama, Ravenstahl, Rendell and Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato.

"The good news is the money from DOJ is ready to go, it will probably be just a matter of weeks to get it" Doyle said.

The summit is Sept. 24-25 in the David L. Lawerence Convention Center, Dowtown.

Jarrett is scheduled to speak to the Netroots Nation conference at the convention center tomorrow morning.

Most of the money will be used to pay salary and overtime to about 4,000 police officers who will be assigned to monitor anti-capitalist protestors expected to number in the tens of thousands.

"It looks like we've got this pretty much taken care of," Doyle said. "We were always confident it was going to come through. It was just a matter if going through the process."

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