BY JON CRONIN
Two years after the approval $250,000 in funding for security cameras in Forest Park by the state legislature, Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) are still waiting for the money to be released by Governor Cuomo’s office.
At a Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association meeting on Saturday, President Martin Colberg said they drafted a letter to Governor Cuomo inquiring as to why the funding has yet to be released by the Division of the Budget.
Miller assured those in attendance, “The money really does exist,” and added that he would contact the governor’s office to see if he could get it moving.
He noted after the meeting that in 2013 there were two rapes committed in the park and he was able to secure funding for the cameras. He got it approved by the NYPD and “made sure they put it in my district and not where they wanted to.”
Miller noted that once the funding is released from the governor’s office, “it could be done in a short period of time.”
The park is slated to get seven cameras, at locations including the corner of Myrtle Avenue and 80th Street, the Forest Park Bandshell, Park Lane South and Woodhaven Boulevard.
The topic was brought up at the WRBA meeting after Colberg stated a family was harassed while barbecuing in the park by a group of dirt bike riders. He reported that the bike riders taunted the family by riding their bikes around them in a circle.
Jose Severino, community affairs officer for the 102nd Precinct, said he hadn’t heard of the issue, but he would look into it.
‘I’m not against someone throwing a brick at ‘em to get ‘em off their bikes” said Colberg, adding that he, “wants NYPD action.”
Colberg later said, he didn’t want Forest Park visitors, “taking matters into their own hands.”
Colberg noted that in the years since the camera project approval there have been some high profile crimes committed in Forest Park.
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