New York, NY – Isolated pocket parks at dead ends in the Sutton area that are the frequent subject of quality of life complaints will get safer through a quarter million-dollar investment in NYPD security cameras by Council Members Ben Kallos and Keith Powers. The cameras were requested by Sutton Area Community and the Sutton Place Conservancy, which supported them in this year’s Participatory Budgeting public ballot. The security cameras will be installed in coordination with the NYPD to allow the 17th Precinct to keep an eye on these hard to patrol and isolated pocket parks to keep them safe.
At a cost of $35,000 each Council Member Kallos and Powers funded the following locations in their respective districts:
- East 58th Street & Sutton Place South Cul-de-sac
- East 57th Street & Sutton Place South Cul-de-sac
- East 56th Street & Sutton Place South Cul-de-sac
- East 55th Street & Sutton Place South Cul-de-sac
- East 54th Street & Peter Detmold Park Esplanade
- East 53rd Street & Sutton Place South
- East 50th Street & Beekman Place Cul-de-sac
“Residents expressed concerns about quality of life in these pocket parks that should be a benefit to our community,” said Council Member Ben Kallos. “The community asked for security cameras, we put it to a vote, and with broad support and no opposition, we are happy to move forward in making these parks safer. Thank you to our community leaders at the Sutton Area Community, Sutton Parks Conservancy as well as the NYPD, DOT, and Parks Department for the leadership and cooperation in using technology to keep our city safer.”
“We wanted to make sure that every park and place in our District is well taken care of and safe and secure and that the NYPD could have some relief and extra security as well. We want to make sure that this great neighborhood has the appropriate security. We are lucky to have these parks here in this neighborhood and anybody who wants use them should feel safe and secure. Thank you to Council Member Kallos and the folks from Sutton Place and Sutton Parks for advocating for these parks,” said Council Member Keith Powers.
“Thank you to the Community partners as well as Council Member Kallos and Powers, we have worked closely with them in the time that I have been here. These cameras are going to be instrumental as a deterrent but and also as a tool to investigate. They will be proven valuable to the people who use the park for an added sense of security,” said Commanding Officer NYPD 17th Precinct, Captain Wynne.
“We at Sutton Area Community would like to thank Council Member Kallos very much as well as Council Member Powers and Captain Wynne for this safety improvement we are fortunate in this area to be serviced by superior public servants like Council Member Kallos following a long line of superior public servant, we at Sutton Area Community would like to thank him very much,” said President Sutton Area Community, Charles Giovanni Vanzan Coutinho, Ph.D.
“I want to thank Council Members Ben Kallos and Keith Powers for helping to improve the quality of life in our community with not 1 or 2, but 7 security cameras. Thank you!”, said Community Board 6 Chair, Molly Hollister.
“We are thrilled with what is going on here, on behalf of the Sutton Place Conservancy I want to thanks Council Member Kallos, Powers and Captain Wynne, also a very special thank you to the New York City Parks Department who really work hard on these parks, Sutton Place Conservancy Vice President, Daniel Padnos.”