Big Brother is watching in NYCHA complexes across Far Rockaway.
Security cameras are set to be installed in various housing projects, intended to curb violence, particularly gun violence, in troubled areas.
“I’m tired of hearing the stories – our seniors and our children not being able to play outside because they’re afraid of getting struck by a stray bullet,” said Councilmember Donovan Richards.
After the City Council passed its budget, Richards allocated nearly $2 million for closed-circuit security cameras in the Ocean Bay Houses and Beach 41st Street Houses.
“Public housing is regularly left underfunded with no real consideration given towards necessary improvements,” Richards said. “You have to prioritize where you want your budget money to go. I felt that was an area that needed it the most.”
Carleton Manor will also receive funds for community room upgrades for residents to enjoy, Richards said.
The camera design will be finished within eight to 10 months and installation is expected within a year-and-a-half.
Richards’ predecessor, current State Senator James Sanders, allocated funds for security cameras in the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway during his tenure. Richards said that since then, it is “like day and night.”
“I can’t remember the last time I heard of a shooting in that development,” he said. “I want to make sure they’re carrying that across the board. Make sure our children and seniors and their families are safe.”
“If you’re walking, you’re on camera. They look at blind spots. No matter which way you run, you’re going to get caught,” he added.