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Mayor gives Housing Authority camera installation deadline

Before the project can continue, Comptroller Scott Stringer needs to give his approval
June 05, 2014 03:20PM

The New York City Housing Authority’s camera installation is now on deadline.

NYCHA will have until the end of the year to install promised cameras at 49 developments. To do so, NYCHA already received $27 million last year, but no cameras have been installed yet. NYCHA said earlier that the entire project wouldn’t be finished until the spring of 2015.

The mayor’s timeline follows the stabbing of two children — one six and one seven-years-old and one of them fatal — in a Brooklyn housing project over the weekend.

“We needed to move more quickly,” de Blasio told the Daily News, “so all those cameras must be in place by the end of 2014, throughout the system.”

On Monday, NYCHA got approval to install cameras in all 49 projects from the city Office of Management and Budget, according to the Daily News. Before the project could be completed, Comptroller Scott Stringer will have to approve it.

As of Wednesday, the Daily News reported, NYCHA had not yet sent their plans to Stringer. No camera can be installed without the comptroller’s approval.

Stringer said that NYCHA needs to get its “act together.”

Bronx Councilman Ritchie Torres, the chairman of the council’s Public Housing Committee, sent a letter to the mayor on Tuesday, in which he wrote: “It should not take the brutal stabbing of a 6-year-old little boy and a 7-year-old little girl to compel the city to implement common-sense safety measures like the installation of surveillance cameras and secure entryways in our public housing developments.”

“We’ll have to look at things on our end to make sure that we move more quickly on the things that we are doing,” Joan Lebow, spokesperson for NYCHA, told the Daily News. “We’re grateful that some of the bureaucratic approvals will also be streamlined.” [NYDN] — Claire Moses