Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes that New York City Housing Authority tenants should be fingerprinted to increase safety in housing projects, the New York Daily News reported.
“What we really should have is fingerprinting to get in,” Bloomberg said during his weekly radio appearance on “The John Gambling Show,” as he spoke about ways to improve safety in public housing projects.
His suggestion incurred the wrath of Democratic mayoral candidates, including Bill Thompson, who said that the fingerprinting idea was akin to Bloomberg’s position on stop-and-frisk, and termed it “disrespectful” and “disgraceful,” according to the Daily News.
“Mayor Bloomberg wants to make New Yorkers feel like prisoners in their own homes,” Thompson said. “This is another direct act of treating minorities like criminals.”
The fingerprinting idea isn’t part of any actual proposal or likely to be implemented soon, Bloomberg spokesman Marc LaVorgna told the Wall Street Journal. The city does plan, however, to install electronic key pads and key card locks on buildings so residents “can go to sleep at night and not have drug dealers creeping around their hallways.” [NYDN and WSJ] – Hiten Samtani