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Mayor: Additional Officers, Security Upgrades Coming to NYCHA Properties

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Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday unveiled how the city will spend funds put aside to fight crime in city housing projects.

"The word today is investment. We are making investments in our public housing—investments that should have been made long ago but we are making them now," said de Blasio.

At the Wagner Houses in East Harlem, the mayor laid out the plan for spending $210 million allocated by the city's new budget.

Shootings in public housing developments are up 31 percent this year.

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.

The mayor will add 700 new police officers and 150 new light towers, which are supposed to go up later this week.

The city aims to remove 10 miles of "sidewalk sheds" which cover sidewalks during construction projects by next spring.

Finally, 107 public housing community centers frequented by young people will stay open until 11 p.m this summer. They normally close at six during the summer season.

"Community centers, I want everyone to know, is not just a place for activity. It's a place where we can increase literacy rates, a place where we can assist them in homework and academics, introduce them to books and the world beyond," said Public Advocate Letitia James.

The mayor says he sees no connection between that and the drop in the NYPD's use of stop-and-frisk.

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