In 2010, $300,000 was allocated from the state to purchase and install six new Argus Security Cameras between the 100th and 101st Precincts across Far Rockaway.
However, the process has been delayed for years, despite all the necessary paperwork being submitted.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway) wants to know why the cameras have yet to be installed. He recently sent a letter to NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, asking him to expedite the process.
Currently, the installation is being held up by the legal department of the NYPD Grants Unit, noted Goldfeder. “The funding is in place and there should be no more excuses,” he said. “I am urging the NYPD to expedite this process and cut through some thick bureaucratic red tape to help officers solve crimes quickly and protect our families in Rockaway.”
“We want our cameras; enough is enough!” said Danny Ruscillo Jr., President of the 100th Precinct Community Council. “This has been ongoing since October 2010, and our community is tired of talking about it and not getting anywhere.”
“I commend our commanding officers, Captain Kevin Maloney of the 101st Precinct and our new Captain Craig Adelman of the 100th Precinct for their courageous work to keep our neighborhoods safe,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder. “Now is the time to provide our precincts all the tools and resources necessary to help them effectively protect our streets and I am calling on the NYPD to purchase and install theses security cameras immediately.”
An email from Hamodia to Commissioner Kelly requesting comment had not been answered by the time the paper went to print.