New NYCHA safety measures implemented

Brooklyn's NYCHA buildings have begun to receive new lighting in an effort to increase safety, the mayor and the housing authority announced Wednesday. As News

Brooklyn's NYCHA buildings have begun to receive new lighting in an effort to increase safety, the mayor and the housing authority announced Wednesday.

Brooklyn's NYCHA buildings have begun to receive new lighting in an effort to increase safety, the mayor and the housing authority announced Wednesday. (7/13/16)

BROOKLYN - Brooklyn's NYCHA buildings have begun to receive new lighting in an effort to increase safety, the mayor and the housing authority announced Wednesday.

As News 12 has reported, the multimillion-dollar program began in 2014, but now more than 500 new fixtures are lighting up public housing complexes in the borough. The proposal came a month after the stabbings of two children in a NYCHA elevator in East New York. PJ Avitto, 6, lost his life in the attack.

The Boulevard Houses in East New York is one such complex benefitting from a $5 million investment. The completed project, covering more than a dozen NYCHA facilities, is expected to cost $140 million.

According to the mayor's office, there have been no murders reported at the Boulevard Houses since the project began. There has also been a 75 percent reduction in robberies.

Surveillance cameras will also be installed throughout the summer to continue increasing safety.

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