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Lawmaker: ‘It Is Criminal’ NYPD Has Not Installed Security Cameras In Rockaways

Legislature Approved $300,000 For Cameras Three Years Ago
Rockaway Damage

The Rockaways were severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy, and neighbors feared more looting might take place. (Credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – One New York state lawmaker wants to know where the money’s gone three years after funding for security cameras was approved.

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder said legislators did the hard part in 2010 when they voted to approve the $300,000 needed for three security cameras in the Rockaways.

“We found the money almost three years ago and it is sitting there waiting to be spent,” Goldfeder told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith. “The money is already in place, now we just need the NYPD to cut whatever bureaucratic tape is in the way and spend the money to install these cameras.”

Goldfeder is now demanding that the NYPD have the cameras installed.

“And it is unfortunate, it is criminal, that the money has not yet been put towards the technology that can save our families,” he told Smith.

Goldfeder said the high-tech cameras will help cut down on crime by keeping a watchful eye on the community.

“It detects motion and sound to activate and go towards the crime being committed.”

Looters hit the Rockaways in the immediate aftermath of Sandy.

The NYPD had no one available to comment on the security cameras.

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