2016-03-11 / Community

Who Left The Lights On?

The 101st Precinct Community Council has been dealing with questions about the new lights that have been placed throughout all NYCHA developments in Rockaway.

On their Facebook page, the group posted an email from 101st Executive Officer Courtney Nilan with an explanation of the lights is as follows:

“The lights are a result of a year and a half long study by the office of the mayor along with the Housing Authority. After their study which included resident surveys they decided how many lights would be allocated to each development. As per the issue of resident complaints, the housing authority wants complaints to actually be reported to the emergency service department of the Housing Authority and the number which we were told to distribute to the public is 718-707-5900. Our two points of contacts in case you need them is Erenisse Tavarez of the Housing Authority at above number and Renita Francois who is deputy director of mayor’s action plan for public safety and she can be reached at 646-576-3527. We were told that the lights would be here for six months and then the mayor’s office will be conducting a post lights survey/ crime analysis.”

Ordered by the mayor’s office or not, some residents aren’t pleased with the lights at all.

“These lights need to be removed,” said resident Jonathan Mack. “There has to be a better way to assess neighborhoods as well as keep crime down. The entire housing complex is not full of violence, hence they serve no purpose. And these lights are a complete annoyance and make it difficult to sleep for those whose bedrooms are located where the lights are. A petition needs to be started for the removal of these lights.”

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