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Councilmembers launch petition, demand federal government reimburse NYC for Trump Tower security costs

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A member of the NYPD stands in front of Trump Tower to provide security to US President-elect Donald Trump on November 10, 2016 in New York. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

A member of the NYPD stands in front of Trump Tower to provide security to US President-elect Donald Trump in New York. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

MANHATTAN, New York — New York City pays about $1 million a day to secure Trump Tower and some New Yorkers have had enough of footing the bill.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and City Councilman Daniel Garodnick launched a petition calling on the Federal government to pay for Trump’s security on Friday.

“While NYPD is both equipped and able to participate in ensuring your and your family’s protection, we must not allow this cost to blow a massive hole in New York City’s budget,” the Change.org petition reads. “Let’s end the suspense: We ask you to commit the necessary federal funds to reimburse New York for all costs of protecting you and your family— both before and after your inauguration as President of the United States of America.”

It will cost New York City about $1 billion to secure Trump Tower over the course of President-elect Trump’s four-year term. The city has received reimbursement for protecting world leaders in the past, city records show.

“As a lifelong New Yorker, you understand the importance of a vibrant local economy, and one that has the resources to operate,” the petition reads. “Make it clear today that New York City is not going to get stuck with the bill.”