First Wave Of 320 Cameras To Soon Blanket Borough Park And Midwood

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Source: CeCILL via Wikimedia Commons

Source: CeCILL via Wikimedia Commons

Assemblyman Dov Hikind took to the corner of Coney Island Avenue and Avenue J this morning to announce that installation of the first wave of 320 security cameras is set to begin soon.

In a press release, the local pol boasts of the “expensive, state-of-the-art system of surveillance cameras,” for which the $1 million price tag is taxpayer subsidized. The first set of 80 units, containing four cameras each, will be placed this week near commercial districts, schools, institutions and residential areas in Borough Park and Midwood.

The program is dubbed the Leiby Kletzky Security Initiative in honore of the 8-year-old Borough Park boy who was abducted and brutally murdered on his way home from day camp in 2011.

“As I pointed out when we first secured the funding for this initiative, our community is often a potential target for attacks,” said Hikind in the release. “The new security-surveillance system that we are now putting in place will not only decrease the chances of outside attacks, but it will also enormously enhance law enforcement’s ability to solve and prevent local crimes. If any person were to go missing, G-d forbid, we will have exponentially increased the ability to locate and recover that person. If there’s an assault on someone in our community, we will have increased our chances of catching the criminal.”

Funding for the cameras was first announced last year, sparking controversy among some opposed to diverting taxpayer money to an area with low crime rates. Some were rankled by the swiftness of the installation, including those who’ve noted that since 2004, $42 million had been set aside for cameras to be installed in New York City Housing Authority buildings and yet no cameras had been installed for nine years.

The Haredi organization Agudath Israel will administer the project and serve as fiscal agent, but in a report by Matzav.com they’ve sought to clear up some of the confusion about what that means:

When asked to explain exactly how this project will work, Mr. Tanenbaum responded by clearing up some misinformation that has appeared in the press. “First of all, no one will monitor these cameras on a live feed. If and when a crime is reported, or a person is reported missing, then the police, and only the police, will have immediate access to the recorded data. Secondly, at no time will anyone from Agudath Israel or Mr. Hikind’s staff be directly involved in viewing the images recorded by the cameras. This is the job of the police, not amateurs.”

  • EndofDaze

    When Borough Park was essentially overwhelmingly composed mostly of Jews, who didn’t come to these blessed shores to create another ghetto, and their mostly Italian American brothers and sisters, between roughly 1920 and 1974, the time it was establishing its’ iconic status in the American psyche, and produced so much talent, it’s IRONIC, that these fascist like, big brother CAMERAS, were not even thought of, let alone supposedly needed!

    • Sylvia 68

      The Italian Americans left that overpanicked dump in the late 1980’s.Visiting it recently,nothing has changed there.From Dov Hikind running it to the pretend-police cars ready to give a beatdown to the hungry grape thief to the dirty streets.Now to ad to the ghetto prison feel,hundreds of surveillance cameras.So if there is a rare shoplifter,the police can view wall-to-wall cameras of the dangerous perp.Nevermind that of the hundreds of murders that take place in the city every year,zero to 1 of it takes place in Borough Park.Almost no reported robberies or street rapes there ever.More kids have been killed this year in the city then in 100 years in Borough Park.You never read about robberies or street rapes there.But they need those cameras.Jewish ghetto mentality
      (and I can say that because I’m jewish)

  • Sylvia 68

    The funny things is that when we “escaped” to Midwood from Borough Park in 1993,I though that we would never have to hear and see that obnoxous loudmouth rabble-rouser Dov Hikind again (someone who I saw frequently when visiting an Italian American-owned video store in BP in the 1980’s,and everyone there said what a giant you know what he was).But here he is ordering Midwood around like anyone here voted for either him or his illegal,brown-nosed-with-political-favours cameras.The only good thing about the cameras is how it will backfire on him and the at-risk Jewish kids on Midwood streets that he pretends to care about (Our Place this,Our Place that) will now get arrested instead of “saved” by Rabbis.Other then that,The Kletzky reasoning is completely absurd-Forgetting the simple fact that the reason the child was killed by his fellow Orthodox Jew is because the killer panicked by Hikind and other loudmouths bringing every usually-kept-quiet police information (including the security camera footages) to the press.Here he is playing policeman again.