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NYCHA Residents Question Timeline of Security Camera Installation

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Nearly a year after funding was allocated, the city reportedly approved a plan to place security cameras around the Boulevard Houses Monday.

Five hundred thousand dollars was put aside last July for the New York City Housing Authority to install the cameras.

NYCHA officials then met with police and tenants to decide where to the cameras should go and a final plan was reached this past March.

A spokesperson for the Housing Authority says the agency submitted its plan to the mayor's Office of Management and Budget on May 2 after getting an engineering design from its contractor.

According to the New York Daily News, the OMB approved the camera plan Monday.

Some residents are not happy with that time-frame and plan on holding a rally Wednesday to pressure NYCHA into installing the cameras.

"The money was there. I mean I would really have to turn to NYCHA and say that they really have to look into this matter more seriously," said A.T. Mitchell of Community Board 5.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says NYCHA's delays have been unacceptable.

He said he has ordered all planned camera installations to be completed within the calendar year.

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