City Takes Steps To Beef Up Camera Surveillance

By Mark Gerlach

The City of Newburgh is taking steps to allocate money toward purchasing new surveillance cameras and fixing its old ones.

The Department of Justice allowed the city to repurpose $152,031 for new security cameras. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney pushed to have the money green-lighted from a previously-approved grant.

The city received about $460,000 to create safer neighborhoods and reduce gang and gun violence in Oct. 2015. The lawmakers said the approximately $152,000 wasn’t released at that time, in March 2016, and was stuck in limbo, an announcement from the politicians said.

The city is also trying to use money it has for a skateboard park slated for Delano-Hitch Recreation Park for cameras. The council hopes to get the park built for a lower cost, which may include it being redesigned. A resolution was passed to reject the bids the city received for the new skateboard park. The price tag on the skateboard park is in the ballpark of $560,000.

To read the full article see the Friday, Sept. 30 editions of The Sentinel and Orange County Post.