WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The mayors of Chambersburg, Greencastle and Waynesboro had different reactions about their police departments losing bids for stimulus money, but none of them were surprised.
"With the way everything is, there's no way I thought we'd be on the receiving end of that particular grant," Waynesboro Mayor Richard Starliper said.
Nineteen applicants from Pennsylvania received $20.2 million from the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program this week. Among them were Philadelphia and Harrisburg, which combined received funding to hire or retain 58 officers for three years.
When commenting on New York City not receiving grants, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was quoted by The Associated Press as saying the federal government has a "perverse" inclination to send money to failing programs instead of ones that work.