Rep. Zeldin Effort to Fully Fund Bulletproof Vest Program Included in Funding Bill | Congressman Lee Zeldin

Rep. Zeldin Effort to Fully Fund Bulletproof Vest Program Included in Funding Bill

June 24, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Language Congressman Zeldin (R, NY-1) introduced alongside Representatives Bill Pascrell (D, NJ-9), Brian Fitzpatrick (R, PA-1), Peter King (R, NY-2), and Josh Gottheimer (D, NJ-5) to fully fund the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program was unanimously adopted into the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2019 (H.R. 3055).

The Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program reimburses state, counties and local jurisdictions for up to 50% of the cost of body armor vests purchased for law enforcement officers.  

“On Long Island, our local law enforcement has been faced with the rise of the heroin and opioid abuse crisis, as well as transnational gangs, such as MS-13,” said Congressman Zeldin. “We must make sure law enforcement is provided with the equipment they need to protect themselves and the laws in place that help safeguard our neighborhoods. The Bulletproof Vest Partnership program is a critical component of ensuring these brave men and women have the resources they need to safely and effectively do their jobs, and fully funding this vital program is a big win for the many communities across Suffolk County who rely on it.”

In 2018 alone, the following local jurisdictions received funding as part of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership program:

  • Town of Southampton - $15,325
  • Town of East Hampton - $6,000
  • Village of Westhampton Beach - $4,120
  • Town of Shelter Island - $3,000 
  • Village of Tuckahoe - $2,337.50
  • Village of Sag Harbor - $823