2013-09-06 / Top Stories

Cameras Finally Installed At Hammels

By Miriam Rosenberg


Councilman Donovan Richards, center, is joined by State Senator James Sanders Jr. and Tenant’s Association President Peggy Thomas to announce the installation of long-awaited cameras at Hammel Houses. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg Councilman Donovan Richards, center, is joined by State Senator James Sanders Jr. and Tenant’s Association President Peggy Thomas to announce the installation of long-awaited cameras at Hammel Houses. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg Four years and one million dollars later, the installation of cameras at the Hammel Houses began on August 30th.

Four years ago former city councilman, now State Senator, James Sanders Jr. allocated $1 million for the installation of what will be 142 security cameras at the Hammel Houses. After sitting on the money, the New York City Housing Authority began working on the project last week.

Councilman Donovan Richards, along with Sanders and Tenant’s Association President Peggy Thomas, an- nounced the installation at a press conference on August 28th.

“For years we fought NYCHA to get these cameras up and running,” Councilman Richards said. He added “for those gun slingers who think, and who have thought, that this housing project was theirs, the people are finally taking it back.”

Sanders called cameras “part of the solution.”

“A chief solution will be a stronger Tenant’s Association in cooperation with a police department that understands proper policing. You put both of those together and you can knock down crime left, right and center.”

Sanders added, “one of the best things we can do to deal with the issue of crime is to create some jobs…. Create opportunity for young people.”

Installation of the cameras is due to be completed by December 15th. Richards added that installation of cameras at the Ocean Bay Houses and the Beach 41st Street Houses will begin in the spring.

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