June 12, 2017
By Neal Tepel
New York, NY – New York City has installed new closed-circuit television cameras at 22 public housing developments, representing an investment of $15 million. These comprehensive upgrades will strengthen security throughout NYCHA developments and improve the quality of life for more than 42,000 residents.
“We are continuing on our promise to improve the quality of life for public housing residents” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “These installations will help more than 42,000 New Yorkers feel safer in their homes, and are a vital tool in our efforts to decrease violence and illegal activity in our neighborhoods.” With the $15 million in City and State funding, NYCHA has installed 599 new CCTV cameras and upgraded 38 existing cameras at 121 buildings. The Authority is aggressively expanding security measures throughout its portfolio, installing cameras, exterior lighting, and layered-access control (LAC), which uses key-fob technology to provide building entry access to residents. Since 2014, NYCHA has spent more than $171 million installing and upgrading nearly 4,000 CCTV cameras, bringing the total number of cameras to approximately 14,0000. NYCHA has also installed LAC doors at 32 developments.
As part of the Mayor Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety, a comprehensive strategy to reduce violence and increase neighborhood safety at the 15 NYCHA sites, $140 million has been allocated for security enhancements, including lighting, CCTV and LAC doors, with funding from the City Council and Speaker, the Mayor’s Office and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. NYCHA has completed the installation of 4,469 state-of-the-art, energy efficient LED lighting fixtures at 11 of 15 MAP sites, and work is underway at 3 sites. By the end of this year, 14 of the 15 sites will have brand new lighting. The next phase of security enhancements will include the installation of CCTV and LAC. CCTV installation is complete at 1 site—Butler Houses— and work is underway at 13 MAP sites. Most of the sites are estimated to be completed by the end of 2018.
“Security upgrades are crucial to improving safety, and we’re making them across our portfolio with the support of our City and State partners,” said NYCHA Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye. “These security cameras will benefit over 19,000 NYCHA families and bring us one step closer to our NextGeneration NYCHA goal of creating safe, clean and connected communities.”