New York City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman John B. Rhea, and Taft Houses Resident Association President Annie L. Davis formally announced the completed installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in targeted areas of NYCHA’s Taft Houses. The cameras should greatly enhance security and reduce the likelihood and incidence of crime at the development. NYCHA is only able to provide this additional security because of discretionary funding provided by elected officials such as Council Member Mark-Viverito.
"I am thrilled that we are beginning to see progress on the installation of security cameras at NYCHA developments in my district," said Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito. "My office has invested over $3.5 million in new NYCHA security upgrades, which will continue to come online in the coming months. These cameras provide an extra layer of comfort for residents of NYCHA who far too often feel unsafe in our community. NYCHA security projects have also been among the top projects selected by voters in our local Participatory Budgeting (PB) process. I thank Chairman Rhea, his team at NYCHA, and most especially Ms. Davis, who is such a strong advocate for the residents at Taft."
“The safety and security of our residents is of great importance to NYCHA, and installing CCTV cameras deters crime and enhances the quality of life of our residents,” said NYCHA Chairman John B. Rhea. “Through our roadmap for providing safe and secure housing for our residents, Plan NYCHA, we have been actively working with all public housing community stakeholders, including the NYPD, to ensure that issues of safety and security are addressed through a more collaborative approach. City Council Member Mark-Viverito’s work in securing funds for the cameras is a key example of such collaboration, and we appreciate and salute her support of the NYCHA community.”
The City Council capital funding at the Taft Houses provided for 81 cameras located in several buildings throughout the development. NYCHA, the NYPD, and Resident Association leaders worked together to determine camera locations at each building. The CCTV security systems are strategically placed to monitor key areas such as building entrances, street corners, elevators, and equipment rooms. The NYPD can access footage in cases of reported criminal activity.
“The installation of these cameras will help increase security in our buildings and make our community safer,” said Taft Houses Resident Association President Annie L. Davis. “We are grateful to Council Member Mark-Viverito for providing the funds necessary for the cameras and to NYCHA for making this a reality.”
Since the inception of the CCTV surveillance program in 1997, NYCHA has installed 7,397 security surveillance cameras of varying scale at 601 buildings in 116 developments citywide. NYCHA is on track to complete installation of CCTV, along with layered access control, at 85 development sites by the end of 2013.