New York City will FINALLY install two security cameras on EVERY train car by 2025 in $5.5million refit after spate of fatal attacks by vagrants and mass shooting on Brooklyn train


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Security cameras will soon be installed in every single one of New York City‘s 6,400 subway cars, the city has announced – a painstaking $5.5milllion project designed to quash a pandemic surge in transit crime.

Speaking at a news conference in Queens Tuesday, Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, unveiled the effort – as ridership on the world’s largest subway system continues to dwindle well below pre-pandemic levels.

The undertaking, Hochul said, will include the use of $2million in federal grant funding, will see two cameras put in each of the city’s 6,455 subway cars.

The MTA aims to complete all of the installations by 2025, Hochul’s office said.

The move arrives after cameras were already installed in all of the system’s 472 stations, and follows several highly publicized transit crimes – including a mass shooting on a Brooklyn subway car last April, and the fatal shooting of a Goldman Sachs employee in May.

Both incidents occurred on camera-less subway cars, with the April incident transpiring on a train whose cameras had been out of order.

Addressing the media Tuesday in Corona, Hochul said the long anticipated overhaul would address such oversights, while putting to bed concerns of excessive surveillance aired by some privacy advocates.

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Security cameras will soon be installed in every single one of New York’s 6,400 subway cars, the city has announced – a $5.5milllion project designed to quash a pandemic surge in transit crime 
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Speaking at a news conference in Queens Tuesday, Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, unveiled the effort – as ridership continues to dwindle below pre-pandemic levels

‘You’re going to be caught if you conduct any activity, whether it’s an aggressive act or whether it’s a violent crime,’ the governor said Tuesday upon announcing the plan.

‘You think Big Brother is watching you on the subways? You’re absolutely right — that is our intent,’ Hochul added. ‘That is going to give people great peace of mind.’

Hochul, who replaced disgraced Democrat Andrew Cuomo in August, said the city intends to send the message that surveillance will now be present on all parts of the expansive New York subway to give those scared by crime ‘peace of mind.’

‘If you’re concerned about this,’ Hochul added, addressing potential privacy concerns, ‘the best answer is don’t commit any crimes on the subway.’

Meanwhile, transit crime has climbed 45 percent this year through September 11, the NYPD says – with a series of headline-grabbing crimes this year emboldening commuters’ fears.

In April, 62-year-old gunman Frank James unleashed a hail of 33 bullets on an inbound N train in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, shooting 10 people and then successfully evading authorities by making his escape using the subway system.

At the time, the MTA’s system failed to record footage from cameras on the platform, and cameras on the car where the shooting occurred had malfunctioned.

The suspect was subsequently able to his escape from a smoke-filled train, after deploying gas canisters and donning a mask in the mayhem.

Security camera footage was crucial in helping investigators identify the suspect, however, who used another train to escape, before he was tracked down days later on the streets of Manhattan.

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In April, 62-year-old gunman Frank unleashed a hail of 33 bullets on an inbound N train in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, shooting 10 people and then successfully evading authorities by making his escape using the subway . The MTA’s system failed to record footage from cameras on the platform, and cameras on the car where the shooting occurred had malfunctioned
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Security camera footage was crucial in helping investigators identify the suspect, however, who used another train to escape, before he was tracked down days later in Manhattan 
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In another incident in May, a Goldman Sachs employee was shot dead in a random subway attack on a Manhattan-bound train in Brooklyn. The shooter (pictued) was tracked thanks to security footage, despite there being no cameras on the train where the crime took place

In another incident in May, Goldman Sachs employee Daniel Enriquez, 48, was shot dead in a random subway attack on a Manhattan-bound train in Brooklyn.

In that incident, the shooter, 25-year-old Andrew Abdullah, was also tracked down thanks to surveillance footage, despite there being no cameras on the train car where the crime took place.

Earlier this month, a 21-year-old visiting New York City from St. Louis was hoodwinked and then raped by a man offering to help her in a New York City subway station, who then forced her to take several train rides with him before assaulting her.

The alleged attacker was still at large as of Wednesday, police said, after cameras failed to capture his likeness despite the length of time he spent in the system.

The NYPD put out an artist’s sketch of him last Thursday, describing the unidentified man as dark-skinned, with facial hair and a forehead scar based on the woman’s description.

Like most security cameras now found throughout New York City, the ones being installed in subway cars will not be monitored live, Hochul said, with officials set to review the footage if and when an incident occurs.

Hochul said Tuesday that cameras will still serve as a valuable as a deterrent, since people will know they are being recorded, and that the footage could help investigators solve crimes.

Currently, police often use footage from privately owned cameras mounted on buildings to document a suspect’s movements after a crime – and subsequenly often lose the trail if someone gets on a train, due to the MTA’s still much to be desired security network.

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The NYPD put out an artist’s sketch of him on late Thursday, describing the unidentified man as dark-skinned, with facial hair and a forehead scar
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The MTA received about $5.5 million in state and federal funding to purchase and install the cameras. About 200 cameras will be installed each month, Hochul said, with the project finishing sometime in 2025.

Fears for the safety of New Yorkers using the subway was raised further following the Brooklyn shooting, when Adams admitted the cameras that would have captured the shooting had not been working.

The Mayor said a ‘malfunction’ was the reason for the failing to capture any footage of the suspect across three subways.

The MTA said last fall finishing installing cameras in all 472 subway stations citywide, touting the maneuver they say would put criminals on an ‘express track to justice’.

However, crime, particularly on the city’s subway system, continues to be a issue under new Mayor Eric Adams, who ran on a promise to stop crime, particularly on the trains.

Rapes are up 10.9 percent in New York City through September 18, compared to the already high rates seen in 2021 during the height of the pandemic and its subsequent crime wave – which has yet to subside.

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Subway crime has remained a big problem for the NYPD, Mayor Adams and the MTA to solve
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Mayor Eric Adams said a ‘malfunction’ was the reason for the security cameras failing to capture any footage of the suspect, who remains at large, despite his promise to crack…

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