Glen Cove Mayor Defends Addition Of Dozens Of Surveillance Cameras

GLEN COVE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Glen Cove has significantly boosted the amount of surveillance on its streets.

A network of 49 cameras will be trained on municipal parking lots and on the downtown area 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and six others that record license plate numbers will be located on the main routes in and out of town. The cameras will cover three-quarters of the town’s business district, and the images will then be fed back to the police department.

“There could be a hit-and-run. There could be a physical assault. We don’t have a problem per se, but it’s an extra layer of safety,” Mayor Ralph Suozzi told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.

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He said the cameras were purchased with money received from a $615,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice and the images will be stored in a computer for 60 days.

“If it solves one crime, or acts as a deterrent, or the [license plate readers] take one gun off the road… these are just a proactive policing tool that costs the city no money at all, not even a penny,” Suozzi said.

The New York Civil Liberties Union said it’s closely watching the use of cameras by municipalities.

“[Cameras] don’t necessarily make us safer,” the NYCLU said in a statement. “It’s not worth taking away liberties in the name of safety.”

Still, many Glen Cove residents said they are in favor of the increased surveillance.

“I think it’s a good idea,” one woman told CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff. “When you need a cop, they’re not there sometimes. I think if you’re not doing anything wrong, there’s no problem.”

Another local added, “You have an invasion of privacy, but we do need something like this because of the way the world is today.”

Suozzi said that the cameras will not be pointed into the windows of homes or offices. They are set to go live next week.

Are you okay with the cameras? Sound off in the comments section below!

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  1. Eileen Coles says:

    Suozzi runs Glen Cove responsibly, and in general the Glen Cove police act with professionalism and respect toward the citizens here. That said, these are federally funded cameras and it is well known that some federal agencies are nowhere near as responsible with their surveillance endeavors. It is a given that as the feds are paying for these cameras, they’re going to have access to these cameras. I don’t trust Peter King and his off-the-rails Department of Hopeless Insecurity as far as I can throw them.

  2. Richard Dernister says:

    So where does this end?

  3. mj says:

    somewhere george orwell is shaking his head and laughing

  4. dave rabit says:

    we need more cameras! they should be aimed right at the crooked pols.

  5. Mr B says:

    Another local added, “You have an invasion of privacy, but we do need something like this because of the way the world is today.”

    Suozzi said that the cameras will not be pointed into the windows of homes or offices. images will be stored in a computer for 60 days. JUST A FEW OF THE ITEMS I FIND ” INTERESTING ” ………BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE WORLD IS TODAY ? INSTILLING FEAR INTO A POPULATION IS A FORM OF CONTROL AND WHERE DOES IT END …….CAMERAS WILL NOT BE POINTED INTO THE WINDOWS OF HOMES OR OFFICES ?……………IS THIS SUPPOSE TO MAKE ME FEEL BETTER ??

  6. Myob1776 says:

    The cameras have been put in place with no formalized protocol for how the information they gather is to be handled; who has access, who doesn’t, how the information is stored, deleted, accessed, or protected from hackers. Instead, citizens are told to “trust us.” Right. This is an abuse of power just waiting to happen, and example of the Peter Kingification of the country.

  7. Long Island Man says:

    It looks like Long Island politicians are pointing all these cameras in the wrong direction. They should be looking for signs of corruption, cronyism, patrotism, nepotism, etc etc etc. At that point, they should be purchasing indoor cameras and installing them in their offices, and point them at themselves.

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