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Some Public Housing Residents Optimistic About Additional Security Measures

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As officers plan to flood violent housing developments across the city, residents that NY1 spoke with were optimistic over whether it will make a difference. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.

More police officers pounding the pavement at violent public housing developments is welcome news at the Wagner Houses.

"They get to stay out late without no gun violence or nothing like that," said one resident.

"I think having more cops is a great idea," another said.

With a combination of rookie officers, officers transferred from desk jobs and overtime, there will now be 2,700 housing bureau officers.

Broken or vandalized lights will be fixed for safety. Police floodlights will brought in as well.

"We've identified those responsible for doing the mischief, whether it be graffiti or breaking lights, and we'll arrest them if they do so," said NYPD Chief of Housing Carlos Gomez.

The city says more than 100 community centers will stay open until at least 11 p.m., and 850 additional summer youth jobs are available in an effort to keep young people out of trouble.

"I think it's very holistic. Covers all of the pieces of the community of a NYCHA development, as opposed to just looking at NYCHA as just something over there," said Erica Ford of the anti-violence organization Life Camp.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said late-night recreational centers could be used for employment help.

"Retrofit them with the necessary technology so people can go in there and have them use, for example, like a job search agency," Diaz said. "Many of the folks are looking for work. Many of the folks need to spruce up their resume."

So there are plenty of promises and plans to make housing developments safer and better. But will all of those promises be kept?

NY1 asked residents if they thought there will be broken promises.

"No, I don't think so. New mayor," one resident answered.

"I'm geared towards believing the things that have said will transpire, and the reason why is because it has started already," said another.

Community members said they must be responsible as well.

"Nobody wants to be in jail. Everybody wants to have money, right. Everybody wants to be successful, right? So, why don't you stay on that path and be focused on that and not on a negative way," said one public housing resident.

The de Blasio administration will focus its crime-reduction efforts on the 15 NYCHA developments that account for nearly 20 percent of all violent crime in public housing: Boulevard, Brownsville, Bushwick, Butler, Castle Hill, Ingersoll, Patterson, Polo Grounds, Queensbridge, Red Hook, St. Nicholas, Stapleton, Tompkins, Van Dyke and Wagner. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP