The plan to install security cameras in Forest Park is moving foward.
In a joint effort by Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) and State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), $250,000 dollars in state funding was secured for the cameras.
The installation of these cameras is in response to repeated attacks in the vicinity of Forest Park including the Aug. 26 rape of an elderly female jogger and another in late March in which a jogger was tasered and sexually assaulted near the Union Turnpike entrance to the park.
Miller announced he would be seeking funding for security cameras at a 102nd Community Council meeting last spring in the wake of the March attack.
Addabbo said the cameras are part of a larger discussion about security at the park. The two Council members who represent the park, Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Liz Crowley (D-Middle Village), have also suggested security proposals for the park, including bringing mounted police to the park permanently.
After the Aug. 26 rape, patrols in and around the park were beefed up. Cop cars from precincts other than the 102nd, which patrols the park, were seen parked at busy locations including Forest Park Drive and Woodhaven Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue and Freedom Drive, close to where the attack took place.
In a statement, Miller acknowledged the cameras aren’t the only security measure area officials were working on. He said the cameras were “a small part of future plans to improve safety” in Forest Park.
Addabbo said he and Miller would meet with Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski about what specific entrances into Forest Park the cameras should be installed, but he stressed the final decision will be the Parks Department.
“We still have a ways to go,” he admitted.