PATERSON, NJ (WCBS 880) – Since 80 percent of Paterson falls within an Urban Enterprise Zone, the city is using UEZ grant money to buy over 50 new surveillance cameras to put up around town.

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It’s great timing with a quarter of the police force just laid off.

“We would rather have used the money to put police officers back on the job – instead of the cameras – but it doesn’t work that way,” says City Council president Aslon Goow, Sr. “Anything that’s just more eyes and ears is better to have than not to have.”

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Goow says this will add on to the almost 50 cameras currently up.

“We have a camera room that can immediately zoom to that area and start being the eyes and ears for what’s going on before a unit can get there,” he says.

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Goow says the new eyes in the sky should be up by summer.