Nearly $42 million in state funding will be committed to strengthening safety and security at New York City Housing Authority developments, announced Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday, October 23.
“The brave officers of the NYPD have done great work in lowering crime to historic levels in New York City,” said Cuomo, “but many public housing residents are worried by the violence they’ve seen where they live. We have heard that concern and will be funding critical safety and security upgrades at NYCHA developments in the five boroughs. Every New Yorker deserves a safe place to call home.”
The allocation will pay for security cameras, interior and exterior lighting and gunfire detection technology, among other enhancements.
The upgrades were developed by the New York State Homes and Community Renewal in consultation with local stakeholders—including NYCHA tenants—who identified developments that have seen spikes in violence, or have had ongoing, longer-term problems with crime.