2009-10-16 / Top Stories

Sanders Allocates $214K To Carlton Manor For Cameras

By Miriam Rosenberg

Donovan Richards, the chief of staff for Councilman James Sanders Jr., presents a $214,000 check for surveillance cameras for Carlton Manor to tenant association president Lawanda Johnson-Gainey, left; Carleen Mitchell, the TA's secretary; and Octavia, 6; and Selina, 3. Donovan Richards, the chief of staff for Councilman James Sanders Jr., presents a $214,000 check for surveillance cameras for Carlton Manor to tenant association president Lawanda Johnson-Gainey, left; Carleen Mitchell, the TA's secretary; and Octavia, 6; and Selina, 3. Delivering on his promise to provide funds to install surveillance cameras at all the public housing complexes in Rockaway, Councilman James Sanders Jr. allocated $214,000 to Carlton Manor at a press conference on October 7.

With Sanders in the city attending to other business, the councilman's chief of staff, Donovan Richards, formally presented the money to the president of the tenant's association, Lawanda Johnson-Gainey. New York City Housing Authority chairman John Rhea was invited, but did not attend the ceremony.

"This is us trying to get tough on crime," said Richards. "The councilman is committed to make our housing, as a whole, as safe as possible."

In March, Sanders presented the NYCHA and Redfern Houses residents with a $2 million check for cameras. In July, Hammel Houses and NYCHA received an allocation of $2.5 million for closed-circuit cameras. While the funding is less than what the other two housing complexes each received, Carlton Manor is a smaller development.

"It will be the same cameras, with gunshot technology, installed in key areas," explained Richards, who added that regular cameras will also be installed.

Although there isn't a lot of crime at Carlton Manor, Johnson-Gainey says they want to keep it that way.

"We love people to come to visit, but we don't want all that crime to come with them," said Johnson-Gainey. "We want to keep it a nice, safe place."

According to a NYCHA spokesman, the city's Office of Management and Budget approved the project on October 9.

The contract will now be registered with the comptroller's office.

"Work should start in March 2010," said Howard Marder of NYCHA, who added that approximately 23 cameras would be installed.

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