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New York - NY Lawmakers Hikind, Abbate, Savino Introduce Legislation 'The Leiby Initiative'

Published on: July 15, 2011 08:00 AM
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The Surveillance video that cracked the case from the scene shows Leiby waiting seven minutes for Aron to go into the dentist's office and pay a bill with a credit card before the two get into Aron's 1990 Honda Accord.The Surveillance video that cracked the case from the scene shows Leiby waiting seven minutes for Aron to go into the dentist's office and pay a bill with a credit card before the two get into Aron's 1990 Honda Accord.

New York - In the horrific aftermath of Leiby Kletzky’s senseless and brutal murder, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn), Assemblyman Peter Abbate (D-Brooklyn), and State Senator Diane Savino (D-Brooklyn/Staten Island) have joined together to give law enforcement every advantage in their efforts to quickly reunite a missing child with his or her family.

Titled “The Leiby Initiative,” Hikind and Savino will introduce legislation which grants a $500 annual tax credit to New York City property owners who purchase, install, and maintain surveillance cameras around their property. It was because of surveillance cameras that authorities were able to track Leiby’s whereabouts in the final hours leading to his untimely death, and ultimately, to his vicious killer.

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“This legislation could literally save lives,” noted Hikind. “If there had been even more cameras along the route that Leiby took when he got lost on his way home from day camp, perhaps we might have been able to find him sooner. While nothing can ever bring Leiby back to us, this legislation will give otherwise reluctant property owners a financial motivation to install these cameras, and in so doing, help police and law enforcement find other missing children even faster.”

Senator Diane Savino stated, “As we search for answers to this horrific tragedy, perhaps this bill will encourage property owners to have cameras that will assist the police and just maybe serve as a deterrent to the evil that sometimes lurks within our otherwise safe communities.”

Assemblyman Peter Abbate said, “This legislation is about saving lives. Assemblyman Hikind and I saw firsthand how important closed circuit video was to finding the man who abducted Leiby Kletzky. Now, by providing an incentive for property owners to have surveillance cameras, we hope to ensure that in the event of future kidnappings, the authorities can quickly locate and save the victim. We cannot bring Leiby back, but we must do everything possible to ensure that no other children suffer as he did. As legislators, our primary obligation is to the protection of our community, and I am proud to join Assemblyman Hikind in fighting to ensure that New York City stays vigilant and is always safe for our children.”

In the interest of promoting passenger safety on the subway, Hikind had previously allocated $1.2 million in 2005 in MTA capital reserve funds for the purchase and installation of 120 closed-circuit television cameras on nine subway stations on the N, D, and F lines in response to the train bombings in Madrid and London.


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 Jul 15, 2011 at 08:19 AM just asking Says:

aside from the intial costs to install camaras. How will someone prove he's maintaining his camaras. Sounds like another govt. program. I think a better plan would to use this money for the city to install these camras on light poles and traffic lights. These camras can then also be used as evidence in traffic accidents. And just like you pay for an accident report a small charge can be made if someone needs it for evidence.

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 08:33 AM jayclass Says:

very nice to hear but 500 will not cover for a complete system. the minimum you need to install a complete "cctv recording" system is about 2000

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 08:46 AM Anonymous Says:

There are plenty of cameras in NYC but they didn't save this child's life. On the other hand, they did help catch this predator faster. But most of the credit should go to Shomrim, who proactively photographed the driver's tags.

Had this info been acted upon quicker, the cops would have rescued the child a day sooner, and it would have been a kidnapping, not a murder - kidnapping (assuming Aron told the truth in his confession and didn't kill the child right away).

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 08:48 AM Reb Yid Says:

#2 answers #1's question. If the govt (or individual) installs a camera it costs a lot more than $500. However, by giving the individual that money, it may encourage him to cough up the rest from his own pocket. In effect, a cost sharing arrangement. If I'm thinking of putting up one anyway, this will be noteh me to one side.

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 08:53 AM UseYourHead Says:

This is an example of good intentions leading to a poor idea.

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 08:54 AM GB_Jew Says:

Come to Britain! Today, in central London, one cannot move more than 30 yards in any direction without being captured by one CCTV system or another.

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 09:23 AM Brian Says:

I love the idea of giving grants to private citizens, because many, myself included, don't want the government to have cctv cameras all over thus trampling our civil rights, but I do trust private people not to abuse that and only use it when it's really needed to solve crimes. That's not big brother just a smart initiative.

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 09:28 AM Dan_Daoust Says:

This will never happen. Just feels like too much of an encroachment on privacy (recognizing that no one would be forced to put up a camera, but the government would still be asking people to do it).

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 09:32 AM Anonymous Says:

This is a smart idea!

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 09:52 AM Just_my_opinion Says:

Reply to #1  
just asking Says:

aside from the intial costs to install camaras. How will someone prove he's maintaining his camaras. Sounds like another govt. program. I think a better plan would to use this money for the city to install these camras on light poles and traffic lights. These camras can then also be used as evidence in traffic accidents. And just like you pay for an accident report a small charge can be made if someone needs it for evidence.

Receipts filed with your tax return.

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 09:54 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
jayclass Says:

very nice to hear but 500 will not cover for a complete system. the minimum you need to install a complete "cctv recording" system is about 2000

You may be right, but $500 WILL start you off. On another note a system with 1,2 cameras and recording capabilities (including labor) will cost around $750-$800

I'm in the line.

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 10:15 AM coalitioncalany Says:

Assemblyman Hikind the Leiby Bill, We the Citizens Propose the Leiby Law - THIS should be the Leiby Law – a metropolis that is densely populated with more than 30 children per 100 apartments per street shall be outfitted with surveillance cameras on each street light. These devices shall be maintained by the city’s law enforcement public safety division with equal access to archives indefinitely by all law enforcement officials.

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 10:26 AM Bluntness Says:

I think this "initiative" has to come with a condition. If something g-d forbid like this happens, you need to take the recordings of that day and bring it to the police station. All those tapes can be seen simultaneously by volunteers, nypd, detectives etc.
Good idea.
#2. There is no reason to cover the entire cost. It is also in the interest of the property owner to have security cameras.

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 10:27 AM Anonymous Says:

if it could be watchd from police station a plus

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 10:27 AM kmole007 Says:

How about they change the law that the PD needs to wait 24 hrs until a serious search is underway?

It seems that heimishe guys went to HSBC to get the video footage to see if Leiby A"H went down 13th Ave. they then followed the route until they got to wheels to lease, then they pulled the video footage which was on an old legacy system and they called a private CCTV contractor who had to wok on the footage for over an hour.

All of this work is usually done by detectives, but unfortunately, they only begin after 24 hours which is way too long...

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 10:44 AM yoyoyo Says:

Every home should a CCTV system in place. It doesn't cost more then 300 bucks. All you have to do is snake the wires that's it. If you don't know how to snake the wires just call someone or don't do it professional. Just go to Costco and buy a good complete system for 249.00 or if you want a better system you can get it for 349.00 (With the monitor)

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 11:17 AM charliehall Says:

" many, myself included, don't want the government to have cctv cameras all over thus trampling our civil rights"

What trampling of what rights? There is no right to not be seen if you are in a public place, and there is no right to not be seen if you are trespassing on someone else's property!

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 11:28 AM chazenmotty Says:

you need to give him the death penelty asap with no trial he is not a sick person I personaly know him for twelve years I worked with him @ empire state suply and he was a weard man sick he was not he needs to be put to death and forget it GOOD SHABOS

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 11:51 AM Anonymous Says:

They should put these cameras in all the heimehse neighborhoods and include motion-activiated sensors to lengthen the period covered. Since they are being used for security purposes and possibly pikuach nefesh, any rav or posek will tell you that there is no inyan of being mechalllel shabbos if you walk by and activate the camera.

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 12:07 PM Just_my_opinion Says:

Reply to #16  
yoyoyo Says:

Every home should a CCTV system in place. It doesn't cost more then 300 bucks. All you have to do is snake the wires that's it. If you don't know how to snake the wires just call someone or don't do it professional. Just go to Costco and buy a good complete system for 249.00 or if you want a better system you can get it for 349.00 (With the monitor)

Personal experience;
Costco security systems are shams. You get what you pay for. at $249.00 for a surveillance system you are getting garbage. Take that money and put it towards a decent system.

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 12:52 PM shredready Says:

Hikind

want to safe life

propose a bill that yeshivas need to fingerprint and if any clergy rebbie or pastor priest who inhibits any parent to go to the police or cooperate with the police will be charged with accessory to any further acts of molestation.

that we save many children from abuse (even thought we are not sure if in this case there was any abuse)

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 01:16 PM booky Says:

What about the city putting up cameras on every corner and not asking people to do it it'll be much easier or they should ask people if they can put up one on they're house wherever they feel its necessary

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 01:18 PM Rut24 Says:

I wld like to see a foundation name after Leiby that goes around and teach children and adult abt safety in various of situations (e.g. Stanger awareness, fire safety, and first aide) this way we will be more aware of need of safety.

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 01:34 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
GB_Jew Says:

Come to Britain! Today, in central London, one cannot move more than 30 yards in any direction without being captured by one CCTV system or another.

Except when people break into your house the police don't ever look at the videos. It is mainly a ticketing device in London

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 01:56 PM Babishka Says:

Reply to #18  
chazenmotty Says:

you need to give him the death penelty asap with no trial he is not a sick person I personaly know him for twelve years I worked with him @ empire state suply and he was a weard man sick he was not he needs to be put to death and forget it GOOD SHABOS

Everybody has to have a trial, we live in a country that has LAWS and that is why everyone is entitled to a fair trial. You can't just go around lynching people because you think they are "weird."

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 03:01 PM SholomAlYisroel Says:

Reply to #1  
just asking Says:

aside from the intial costs to install camaras. How will someone prove he's maintaining his camaras. Sounds like another govt. program. I think a better plan would to use this money for the city to install these camras on light poles and traffic lights. These camras can then also be used as evidence in traffic accidents. And just like you pay for an accident report a small charge can be made if someone needs it for evidence.

"Sounds like another govt. program. I think a better plan would to use this money for the city to install these camras on light poles and traffic lights" Whew! Where are you from?

Conversely, if you have the city install it that will make it into a government program a.k.a. BURECRUICY (Sorry, if I misspelled it. You need be part of it, to be able to spell it.) Here are some of the reasons why your idea will be in vain:
1) If the city will have to install cameras all over Boro Park, then they wil be forced to install it all over the city.
2) The cost to the city (which is now already in a financial mess) will be much higher & unaffordable. Can you imagine the cost for installing CCTV Cameras on EVERY STREET corner in NYC? Are you willing to pay for it?
3) Big Government is never the right answer.
4) Invasion of privacy legal challenges.
5) Last & most importantly, we know what;s going tio happen. Instead of the NYPD using CCTV for its intended purpose, our money hungry Mayor Bloomy, will use it for his crazy agenda. Do you really want the NYPD issuing summonses left & right for every silly thing becouse the NYPD will use them to their advantage? (like throwing a candy wrapper

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 Jul 15, 2011 at 08:09 PM villyamsburger Says:

If the cost of 120 cameras is $1.2 mil then its $20,000 a camera so that's how much tax credit I want to install a camera. Otherwise u agree that a camera is way less so did u give the contract to some union thief?!

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 Jul 17, 2011 at 01:06 AM Face Recognition Software Says:

Even better, we now have face recognition which works exclusively visually and will soon be widely available. If cameras would be plugged in via internet to a central server which scans via face recognition, the location of a given face would theoretically be tracked not in a matter of hours, but seconds. This technology is not next generation: it is available right now and in use not only in airports but its a simple CNET download for any webcam. All that is needed is a website where anyone can plug in their camera to a central server with the software. Maybe its already out there?

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