New NYPD surveillance cameras to cover stretch of Upper East Side not easily reached by patrol cars
City Councilman Ben Kallos said the 8 Argus cameras will cost $336,000.
Kallos said he has always had concerns about cameras and how they might impact on a person’s privacy as well as how law enforcement uses them.
But said his constituents want them.
“No one objected during participatory budgeting,” Kallos said, referring to the process by which citizens have a say in how city money is spent. “People want them.”
He also recalled speaking with a police commander at an FDR pedestrian bridge earlier this year and witnessing the deterrence of cameras.
“Two people walked past us,’’ Kallos explained. “They said, ‘There’s security cameras there — let’s not go there.”
The cameras will link to the NYPD’s Domain Awareness System, the surveillance network of more than 18,000 inter-connected cameras — including those in the private sector — as well as law enforcement databases.