In recent years the Greenburgh Parks department, responding to community requests, have requested camera's at Massaro Park and Travis park be included in the capital budget. Many communities around the nation have been installing camera's in parks. Some of the camera's take videos that can be reviewed later, especially if a crime occured. Other localities in the nation have installed more advance surveillance camera's. Technology exists so police cars can actually watch the video's from their cars.
The issue: camera's make people feel safer and help the police make arrests. Most of the residents who have contacted me have asked for the camera's. On the other hand, there are privacy issues. Do residents have the right to expect privacy in a park? Are camera's doing anything differently than that a police officer would do if he was at the park? Would you feel safer if your neighborhood park had surveillance camera's? If people don't feel safe they won't go to the parks.
STUDENT HERO HIGHLIGHTED IN STORY THAT APPEARED IN GREENBURGH.DAILYVOICE.COM
GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Greenburgh Police Explorer Christopher Keenan was just doing what came naturally when he came across a fellow injured cyclist in April and gave aid and comfort.
According to Greenburgh Police Sgt. Robert Gramaglia, who is a Commanding Officer, Community Affairs, Keenan came across an injured 47-year-old man while riding his bicycle near Coca Cola.
"Christopher (Keenan) came across an injured party and stopped to help," Gramaglia said. "The injured (man), victim of a fall off his bicycle, was lying in the pathway with difficulty breathing and what was later diagnosed at the hospital as a dislocated shoulder."
Keenan assisted the victim, while others passing by did not, he said. He explained to onlookers that he is a Town of Greenburgh Explorer and he had first aid training, assessed the situation and then called the Greenburgh Police Department and requested an ambulance.
"Once the injured party was transported to the Medical Center, Christopher left his (own) bike unattended at the scene and rode the injured party's bicycle to his home and safeguarded it," Gramaglia said. "He then ran back to the scene and retrieved his personal bicycle."
Keenan was a participant in the Town of Greenburgh Summer Youth Program in 2010 and 2011 receiving the “Best Overall” award both years. He and the Explorers competed in the East Coast Explorer Competition in Meriden, Conn., in early May, where the team placed fourth overall among 44 teams.
According to Gramaglia, Keenan did not tell the story to any of the Greenburgh police officers he interacts with on a weekly basis at Explorer meetings or training events.
"It just so happened, that when I ran into his father, he couldn’t hold back how proud he was of his son," Gramaglia said. "This past week I approached Christopher and asked him about what happened, Surprised that I knew, he responded, 'It’s no big deal, I helped the guy, and what did you think I would do?' ”
GREENBURGH TOWN BOARD WORKING WITH VILLAGE OF HASTINGS -CREATING AFFORDABLE HOUSING BY WAIVING INTEREST AND PENALTIES ON OVERDUE TAXES
Last week the Greenburgh Town Board sold the waterwheel property for affordable housing in Ardsley. Yesterday the Town Board decided to waive interest and penalties to overdue taxes on a piece of property located at 52 Washington Ave in the village of Hastings to be used to create three affordable housing units. Although we will lose about $50,000 we're pleased that the property will be used for affordable housing purposes for the life of the structure or 99 years whichever is longer. Once the property is sold the town will collect a our tax liens on the property (which are substantial). And, the property will go back on the tax rolls - helping us long term.