Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) is bringing safety cameras to Briarwood in an effort to make neighborhood streets safer.
At an event held last Thursday, the councilman, along with Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) and Briarwood Community Association President Seymour Schwartz, unveiled 17 new cameras to be installed throughout Gennaro’s district.
Gennaro said that the cameras mean much more than surveillance. In fact, the councilman — one of 11 to vote against Intro. 1080, more commonly referred to as the stop-and-frisk, racial-profiling bill — took the opportunity to share his thoughts on the controversial legislation.
“I am proud to have been a strong supporter of the use of these cameras, which are an essential part of the NYPD’s crime-fighting and counterterrorism efforts,” Gennaro said. “My support for these security cameras was an important reason why I cast a vote against the passage of Intro. 1080, which could allow New York City residents to sue the NYPD for using this valuable technology to keep our streets safe.”
The bill that allows litigation in state courts against the NYPD over the practice of stop and frisk was passed by the City Council last month despite objections made by Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and rank-and-file police officers. Critics of the bill say the constant threat of a lawsuit will prevent cops from protecting law-abiding citizens and cause crime rates to rise.
“I urge my Council colleagues to consider the effect this legislation would have on the tremendous gains we’ve made in terms of public safety,” Gennaro said.
This year, Gennaro secured $600,000 for the cameras. In Briarwood, cameras will be placed at the intersections of Main and Manton streets and of 83rd Avenue and Manton Street.
“Our community is grateful for these cameras,” Schwartz said in a release. “I’m grateful to Councilman Gennaro and I’m grateful to the Police Department for making these cameras happen.”