By Alex Robinson
After years of pleas from residents, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced Latimer Gardens is one of a number of housing developments across the city that will soon receive security cameras.
“The installation work that begins today is the result of a highly collaborative process among City Hall, NYCHA and the comptroller’s office. It comes to show that when there is a will, there is a way,” de Blasio said. “The safety and security of families living in public housing is a priority for my administration, and we will continue to work to find ways to give NYCHA residents the quality of life they deserve.”
In the wake of a stabbing of two children in an elevator at a housing complex in East New York, the mayor’s office has worked to expedite camera installations.
City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) had set aside funding for cameras to be installed in the Latimer Gardens housing development, at 34-45 Linden Place, since 2009, but NYCHA never installed them.
The other housing developments in Queens slated to get cameras in the announcement were Baisley Park in Jamaica, Beach 41st Street Housing in Edgemere and Ocean Bay Apartments.
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