A trio of Democratic pols lashed out today at the Bloomberg administration during an announcement of 17 long-awaited security cameras at the Brooklyn public housing development where two children were stabbed, one fatally, more than a week ago.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and East New York Councilwoman Inez Barron blamed the Bloomberg administration for a five-year delay in the arrival of a surveillance system at the Boulevard Houses–where police say Daniel St. Hubert stabbed six-year-old Prince Joshua P.J. Avitto and his seven-year-old friend Mikayla Capers, killing Avitto and injuring Capers.
“I’m not going to mince words. It’s quite clear the previous administration in a big way did not take requests for cameras seriously,” said Mr. de Blasio, admitting that the housing authority had been slow to get funded cameras to their intended destinations during his first months in office as well. “That’s unacceptable in the previous administration, it’s unacceptable in my administration.”
The pols noted that the neighborhood’s former councilman, Charles Barron, funded the recording devices in 2009–but the city only formally registered the contract for installing them last week, along with $27 million allocated in other contracts for surveillance equipment.
Mr. Adams took the criticism a step further, lauding the new mayor for expediting the long-stagnant camera contracting process and for his height–while slamming the Bloomberg team.
“We have a real physical giant from a previous administration of mental midgets,” Mr. Adams said.
Ms. Barron also positively compared Mr. de Blasio with his predecessor.
“We have a new administration that is responding to our needs in a timely manner,” Ms. Barron said.
The new cameras are due to be up and operating in the Boulevard Houses by this October.
Mr. Bloomberg did not immediately return a request for comment.