Forest Park to get long-awaited security cameras
by Patrick Kearns
Jul 26, 2016 | 8545 views | 0 0 comments | 351 351 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In December 2013, Assemblyman Mike Miller and State Senator Joe Addabbo secured $250,000 for security cameras in Forest Park.

That was in response to a number of violent incidents, including the August 2013 rape of a 69-year-old jogger in the Richmond Hill section of the park.

Nearly three years later – and after a number of other incidents, including the June 2015 bludgeoning of a man with a tree branch - the cameras are finally getting installed.

“This process took two and a half years,” said Miller. “Today, the park and surrounding areas will be safer because of these security cameras. From Dry Harbor Playground to the Buddy Monument these cameras were strategically installed.”

The installation of the cameras was delayed due to issues with both state and city guidelines for installing security cameras.

“The safety of park patrons is always our primary concern,” Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandoski said. “Forest Park is one of our city’s largest and most popular parks, and we want everyone to feel at ease when they visit.”

Residents in the community had long advocated for the security cameras, including the Woodhaven Residents' Block Association (WRBA). The cameras has been a frequent topic at the group's monthly town hall meetings.

“The residents of Woodhaven have waited a long time to see this done, and are happy to see we are moving forward with the new NYPD security cameras in our area,” said WRBA president Martin Colberg.

Forest Park borders a number of Queens neighborhoods, including Glendale, Richmond Hill and Forest Hills.

“These security cameras are just one more example how Assemblyman Mike Miller always looks out for the safety of the Glendale community,” Kathy Masi, president of the Glendale Civic Association said. “He sees a problem and he immediately acts.”

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