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Mayor Visits Housing Development Where Kids Were Stabbed

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On Wednesday, the mayor visited the public housing development where two young children were stabbed earlier this month, and promised residents security improvements. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

The sound of security for Boulevard Houses.

Ten days after two children were stabbed in an elevator, workers were drilling away in a basement, installing new equipment for 17 security cameras.

Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the development to see the work for himself. He spoke with public housing residents behind closed doors for about 45 minutes.

"What brings us here is the resolve that we are going to do better," said de Blasio.

"The mayor, he is doing a big show. It's a politician," one area resident said.

It took the city nearly a year to start to install this security network here.

"The previous administration dropped the ball in a very big way. And then I also said openly and Ill say it again, my administration should have done better in our first months as well," de Blasio said.

De Blasio is now promising action. His administration is turning its attention to security at public housing.

"Him coming out—that's showing he cares about what's happening in our community," said another area resident.

"It's good, like i said, it's just bad it had to come under these circumstances," a third said.

...Circumstances that inspired a long list of promises from the mayor.

"Cameras are a piece of a solution. Doors, improving the security of our doors is the piece of the solution, police presence is a piece of a solution, neighborhood patrols are a piece of the solution, we have a lot of pieces we have to move on," the mayor said.

That includes youth programming, even as the mayor's budget is set to shutter 57 community centers at public housing projects across the city.

"That is certainly on the table for discussion," the mayor said.

Some developments are riddled with broken and unlocked doors.

At Boulevard Houses, for example, we found one building where the door was wide open where anyone could walk right in.

It's just two buildings down from where Prince Joshua Avitto lost his life.

The security cameras here at Boulevard Houses won't be online until October.

As for the overall security plan for the housing authority, the mayor says he will be reviewing that over the coming months. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP