From the Daily News:
Following a brutal mugging and a bureaucratic tussle, there’s an extra set of eyes at a troublesome Queens parking lot.
After failing to convince the city Department of Transportation to reactivate a broken surveillance camera that was idle during the robbery of a beloved deli owner, City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. had his own installed — with a humorous twist.
Vallone, chair of the public safety committee, recently had the NYPD install the video hookup on the side of his district office, overlooking the municipal lot.
“I’ve been a proponent of more cameras in public spaces because we have less cops,” Vallone (D-Astoria) told the Daily News. “Both the criminals and the hard-working residents who use this lot should know it’s under surveilance.”
The camera was provided by the NYPD’s Technical Assistance Response Unit, he said.
While the camera itself is relatively inconspicuous, Vallone had a large white sign installed next to the camera that reads “Smile You’re on Council Camera,” a reference to the TV show “Candid Camera.”