Is it Incompetence, or Something More Serious?

Submitted by ub on Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:23

NYPD officials tell City Island Images that their investigation concerning break ins and burglaries at City Island Pharmacy, Filomena's Pizza, and Firehouse Deli continues. All three business were broken into and burglarized during the night in the past three weeks, with their cash registers stolen.

Meanwhile, City Island Images spoke with all three owner operators and asked them whether any of those cameras from the supposed $100K surveillance project, which should have been installed on City Island were helpful in these crime investigations, but none of them knew anything about the working cameras.

For years now, the City Island community has been promised the installation of multiple surveillance cameras. A year ago, NY Senator Jeff Klein, City Island Chamber of Commerce and City Island Civic Association officials announced that City Island would soon have a powerful new weapon to deal with vandalism and street crime, as thousands of visitors drive in and out of the island on a regular basis. They claimed that fifteen new security cameras would soon be installed along City Island Avenue. So where are those cameras? What ever happened to those $100,000? Taxpayers demand an answer, but officials are tight lipped.

These non existent cameras were supposed to be placed in strategic locations all over the island, according to local officials, and would record video onto a hard disk only accessible to chamber members and NYPD should there be any criminal activity. So now that these three crimes have recently occurred, where are those cameras? City Island Images reached out to NY Senator Klein and members of The City Island Chamber, Civic Association, but no one has provided us with any immediate comments. All we can wonder is why? What happened to the high profile $100K camera project?

Meanwhile, for over more than one year now, City Island Images has provided live video streaming from midtown City Island, at Focal Point Gallery located near the corner of City Island avenue and Fordham Street. These live City Island Images are available to everyone on the Internet. The camera cost City Island Images less that $1000, so you do the math. This City Island images cam can be see viewed 24/7 on - The video is a free public service for the entire world to see, a sentiment not shared by any of these City Island organizations.