2014-04-04 / Top Stories

Hammel Houses Gets Security Cameras

Residents of the Hammel Houses may feel safer as security cameras have finally been installed in the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) development after many years of delays.

Many years ago, current State Senator James Sander Jr. allocated millions of dollars in funding for cameras in several NYCHA developments during his tenure as city councilman of the 31st Council District. The installations faced years of delays but Sanders and current Councilman Donovan Richards announced that the cameras in the Hammel development have finally been completed.

Richards has also allocated $2 million for cameras in the Beach 41st Street and Ocean Bay developments. Installation of these cameras is on track to being finished before the end of the year.

“Public housing has been left underfunded for far too long,” Richards said in a press release. “Safety and quality of life are priority one and two during my tenure as council member. When our children and seniors are afraid to leave their homes due to violence in the community, we must step in and do whatever we can to ensure their safety. I applaud the former member for his efforts and I will do everything in my power to protect our community.”

“I commend the councilman on continuing the work of protecting the people of the Rockaways,” Sanders said. “These cameras will serve as a third eye for the community, will allow our youth to play without their parents worrying, and will help the residents of the Hammel Houses keep track of those who come in and out of the community, all in the interest of safety. Safety and well-being should not be a consistent concern for my constituents, and we are fighting so they can thrive.”

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