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The Call Blog: As Lawmakers Discuss NYCHA Funding, Police Increase Patrols In East New York

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For the second night in a row, we got some strong reaction from our viewers on this awful attack. Most said they'd like to see both police and cameras - the former to hopefully prevent such acts, and the latter to help aid in the investigation. Cameras are a tricky area, especially when it comes to privacy rights, but in this day and age, it seems standard to have them in public or private building elevators and entrances. Unfortunately, it doesn't surprise me that red tape and bureaucracy slowed down the process of getting them to these houses. Sometimes it takes a tragedy to spur action, and hopefully this will hasten the process of installing those cameras.



Detectives are fielding tips, lifting fingerprints, and analyzing DNA in connection with Sunday's fatal stabbing at the Boulevard Houses in East New York. In addition, police are increasing patrols around the NYCHA development after a man attacked two children inside an elevator. Mayor de Blasio said an "unacceptable bureaucracy" from the previous administration led to a lack of security cameras in the area.

Brooklyn residents are rallying tonight to demand the New York City Housing Authority move faster to install security cameras in all 15 buildings at the complex. NYCHA's budget was also the focus of a City Council hearing today. The agency recently spent $47 million to install cameras citywide, and is spending another $27 million this fiscal year. Will it make a difference?

Are you confident detectives will find the man responsible for these attacks? Do you question why a sprawling public housing development would only have five working cameras? Are you changing your behavior with your children as a result of this murder? What questions do you want answered in this investigation?

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My prayers go out to the family's involved, but something needs to be done about our safety as a whole more police presence & camera's are just one part. We need to look out for each other in our neighborhoods and be more on point with our children.

Taft Housing
Manhattan



I happen to be an extremely close friend to tanaya and being around her home and around east Brooklyn it's scary at night . Walking to the bus or train is very scary and hoping they get cameras to catch these monsters who are hiding in the shadows of Brooklyn where they have no cameras

Lola



Was lobby door left unlocked? NYCHA has a past history of leaving them unlocked to punish tenants.

Raymond



While I support cameras, there is the question of who's monitoring them and how effectively.

In my view, there should be armed security personnel throughout the property 24/7. And there should be an armed doorman on duty also 24/7 who verifies that every person who enters the building is authorized and has a right to enter the building. If the person is not known by the security officer, the tenant being visited must be contacted and must give permission for entry.

Joe
Port Richmond



What ? They are rallying for cameras, decent law abiding citizens needs the "Stop & Frisk" system TO BE IN PLACE AND MORE VIRANT.

Ruthann



I AM CONFIDENT THAT THE SERIAL STABBER WILL BE CAUGHT. LET'S GET THE POLICE BACK TO PATROLLING OUR STREETS ON FOOT. CAMERAS AND POLICE IN VEHICLES BECOME REFERRING EXAMPLES RATHER THAN PREVENTIVE MEASURES. NEIGHBORHOODS CAN HAVE A POSITIVE RELATION WITH A COP WHO IS ASSIGNED TO A POST EVERYDAY.

JOE
BAY TERRACE



Is 74 million is enough for the security cameras to be installed in all of NYCHA buildings? i don't think so, because NYCHA buildings take up several blocks in some areas all building should have a camera on every floor elevator and stairwell. Why weren't the cameras installed in the Boulevard houses faster? Why didn't the parents go upstairs with the kids in the elevator they're only 6 and 7 no kids that young should be walking alone. I know the NYPD detectives will find the guy or maybe someone knows him and do the right thing and turn him in. The summer is here and the weather is getting warm the parents have to keep a eye on their kids don't let them go off wandering espically in crowded places like Coney island i see to many kids getting lost there. To all the single moms keep your kids safe alot of mentally ill people are walking around they should be locked up..

Herman
Upper West Side



So De Blasio is playing the blame game by calling it the previous administration’s
fault that it was an “unacceptable bureaucracy” = So you Mr. Mayor was a part of
that administration as public advocate and you and your cronies that are in your
administration now are to blame because you were there in front row seats.

I HAVE A BETTER QUESTION AND THAT IS JUST WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE
MONEY FOR THE CAMERAS.
WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE HOOPLA ABOUT THE SQUALOR THAT ALL WERE
LIVING IN ALL OF THE NYCHA HOUSES?
YOU AND YOUR CRONIES THAT WERE RUNNING EVEN WENT AS FAR AS SLEEPING
OVER.
Please : Come clean about the whereabouts of the money that was allotted to
make repairs and adjustment to all of the houses.
Get your acts together = This is serious business = Where are the cronies?

Maxxiee
Morris Park



De Blasio has to step up immediately by adding cameras and a greater police presence in theses disenfranchised neighborhoods. Most recently, Vice President joe Biden visited LaGuardia Airport and compared it to a "third world country". Do we have to spell it out for the honorable mayor. "Let's get working Mr. Mayor"!

Kenny
Greenwich Village



Two precious,innocent children viciously attacked,with one dead and the other fighting for her life;an innocent 18 year old woman viciously attacked and stabbed 32 times, 7 innocent young people shot in California by a deranged man-the beat just simply goes on and on and on,and what is being done to prevent such horrific tragedies from happening?What are all of the loud mouth liberals saying-that everyone has rights?It does not give people the right to stab ,shoot or maim others.It is time for more severe penalties to be enacted and to get these mentally deranged and dangerous people off of our streets permanently and swiftly!Why should we have to be fearful of living our daily lives because of these insane individuals?Our society is crumbling by the wayside,and this downward spiral must be stopped-NOW!

John
Fresh Meadows



Fixing the doors does no good when the people who do not live in the building know the code to get in!

Crystal
Red Hook



Having cameras in NYC is a double edged sword.

Although needed for housing, they can be used to violate our civil rights.

Time to reinstate the HOUSING POLICE.

Sal
Flushing



Cameras aren't the answer. Cops doing verticals, t.a.p. Program and stop, question and frisk. Would saved those kids. Because the cameras are not monitored until something happens.



The NYPD Viper Unit monitors the existing cameras in public housing developments. NYCHA cannot install more cameras fast enough; they should be working on it tonight.

Kate
Midtown East



There is no excuse for cameras not being installed in all NYCHA developments since they are sitting on a surplus and don't want to spend it on long over due repairs and renovations that is needed but want keep the money to pay upper management big salaries, besides the drug dealers may not want them!

Tony
Albany



All public housing should have security cameras and there should me a bigger police presence in high-crime areas. I also think Stop and Frisk should be reinforced.

Alison
Midtown East



The cameras are being brought in and installed now at Boulevard hses. If you can bring them in now and nycha had them along what took so long? As usual wait until a tragedy than they move. The Housing and Mta police should never have been combined. We should look into having separate housing and mta police again. Giuliani came in and changed this and it was a disaster.

Dee
Manhattan



According to an April NY Daily News article, in public housing, with than 400,000 tenants -- including many working people and elderly -- in the last five years, public housing tenants in NYCHA’s 334 projects saw a 31% spike in major crime to an 8-year high, while the rest of the city experienced only a 3.3% increase. According to city records, crime in public housing now accounts for some 40% of the overall crime in NYC. This includes murders, rapes, assaults, robberies, burglaries, auto theft and grand larcenies — known as the “7 majors”— all have nearly doubled from 33% in 2009 to 60% last year. This is shocking and unacceptable.

I'm sure the reasons for this are complicated -- social, economic & criminal related, but the City needs to get to the bottom of this already -- in prevention and finding the reason why public housing is such a magnet for crime.

Gretchen
Upper West Side



In light if the recent murders commit by this monster I believe the 3,000 residents of this housing project should immediately pool in monies and pay themselves for the purchase and installation of security cameras. I say Government alone can not do everything and NYC residents should not only rely on a the city to protect us. They should do that and bill NYCHA for it. Local elected politicos should also pitch in with some of that pork money they get.

Obed
Washington Heights



Cameras, more police presence ok. But what about the parents and guardians. No 6 or 7 yr old has no business traveling by themselves. My parents would have never allow me at that age to travel alone, no where. Parents, guardians, adults need to step it up and take care of the children.

Trish
Manhattan



The police and government are obviously not doing their jobs. With the crime rates going on throughout the us, there should have been more alerted with cameras and more police officers, not just in that particular neighborhood but everywhere. Crime is everywhere and cannot be stopped completely but can be minimized. How many people do you have to hear die on the news before work is progressed.

Dan
Hollis Hills



I am a mother and my heart and prayers go out to the mothers who have had to deal with these tragedies. I believe the cameras are more reactive than proactive, meaning something has to happen for them to become a help. I don't think they are a deterrent. With that said I believe we as mothers need to be more protective of our cubs, we would love to promote independence for our growing children but we need to also educate them about awareness. I made my son watch the broadcast about this tragedy and tell me later on what the sketch entailed, what the guy looked like. Prepare them as best as possible for this sad state of a world that we live in.

Tierra



I am so sorry for the parents of these kids. That poor little boy, I hope the little girl heals quickly. I ask that if someone knows this man TURN HIM IN. I am disgusted with The Mayor. When he screws up he always blames Bloomberg.

If there is a fund to help bury little PJ please put it on your website.

Anna
Queens



It's quite ridiculous in 2014 that we as citizens have to deal with such incomprehensible behavior. I think these housing projects require much more surveillance daily. Being a native New Yorker I am know how horrible these building are,cramped with tenants, poor service to the residents, and no safety. It's sad to see such tragedy happening way too often.

Jeremy
Hell's Kitchen



This man is going to turn up in the mental health/homeless system. I live in a NYCHA. They are delinquent in all matters not just safety. However I don't think cameras would have prevented this tragic attack. I send my condolences and prayers to the families of these children.

Eric



There were federal funds allocated for Cypress Hills houses in East NY, and all that been there since 2010 are useless scafollding that serves as refuge for wrongdoing...... and NOW after this horrible tragedy people question what happened?? Why those funds were or are not being used?

Anonymous
Formerly from East New York



Mental health needs to be addressed "and" those that have "embezzled " monies from NYCHA should pay it back immediately! Many cuts would never had taken place if the had not been stealing from government in the first place. There would still be guards housing police etc if these thieves had not embezzled!!! (And they don't serve time?) Make them pay back the monies so it can be used appropriately.

My condolences to the family.

Milagros
Spanish Harlem



The stabbing of those children at the east NY Brooklyn housing project is just another example of how either the government and or the city, is trying to exterminate and or bring down the African American and Hispanic population! Killing in this neighborhood has been going on for years!

Just like When hunters hunt dear to bring down the population so there wont be disorder in the food chain, the same blue print and thought pattern is being applied to housing project communities.

Think about it, There's only 5 cameras in the WHOLE COMPLEX!, the money is available to pay for the cameras - but they havent been put up yet, there are less police in the east NY area and the highest population of mentally ill, the employment rating is the lowest in the Brooklyn communities, and the public transportation is among the worst.

It sounds like a set up for failure..

Hershey



OF COURSE THIS IS THE LAST ADMINISTRATION'S FAULT. THEY HAD 12 YEARS TO GET THINGS RIGHT.

PEDRO
BRONX



With a large portion of NYC's violent crimes consistently occurring in city housing projects, it is inexcusable for NYCHA's long delay in implementing security tactics. The lack of oversight and transparency of funding for NYCHA should have prompted an immediate investigation a long time ago.

Steve
Forest Hills



I think NYC team somewhere are shame, punish, and no good for having security cameras all over here in New York City. why many people shouldn't wake up by having security system like from commercials, or call 911?? Mayor of NYC, and everyone else should wake up!!!! for me, I didn't get any violence here in Bay Parkway, and all over here in Bensonhurst area. I feel more safe, and everyone should do it same!!!!! wake up, NYC!!!!!!

Ariel
Bay Parkway



It's truly a devastating event that occurred. The people of the communities and those in power need to stop the blame game and figure out a solution on what can help the community. People have to work together. You can't ask for more cameras then complain about invasion of privacy, then you can't all for more officers present then complain of police racially profiling and etc. The community and the elected officials(the people that was placed in power by the community) need to find a common ground. Condolences to pj avitto family and prayers go out to the little girl that was hurt as well.

Tashna



I think security should be beef up!

Sekou
Queens



I am dumbfounded by the reaction of some people to this tragedy. Many NYCHA & private buildings were part of a program that allowed the police to patrol the halls, stop people & search them if they were unable to prove their business or residence in the building. Unfortunately, they were called racists & accused of violating peoples civil rights & the federal courts agreed. Maybe, if the maniac who did this was stopped & searched, the knife would have been found & those babies spared. The only thing a camera would do is perhaps make it easier to catch the perp after the attack. Sadly, many of these buildings are magnets for criminals. People need to decide what is more important to them - safety or their so called civil rights? Isn't it decent people's right to live without fear? The papers said playgrounds were empty on a beautiful day like today. Is that freedom?

Maria

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