From the Daily News:
It only took eight years and a swift kick from New York’s Hometown Newspaper, but security cameras are finally headed to 80 of the city’s most crime-ridden housing projects.
After the Daily News revealed the Housing Authority had been sitting on $42 million for security cameras, the agency finally announced Friday that installation starts in the fall. It will take until the end of next year for all of the cameras to be up and running, officials said.
The announcement came less than two hours after a reporter pressed NYCHA Chairman John Rhea for a timetable as he left his swank Harlem condo building, where a “virtual doorman” keeps residents safe.
“This is an incredibly important issue for our residents. These aren’t issues we have swept under the rug,” he said outside the upscale SoHo North development.
A Daily News investigation discovered that City Council members and other pols have earmarked tens of millions of dollars for cameras, but NYCHA hasn’t installed a single one — even as crime is on the rise. Some of the taxpayer money had been set aside as far back as 2004.