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A05556 Summary:

BILL NOA05556
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORPichardo
 
COSPNSRSayegh, Taylor, Dickens, Reyes, Simon, Cook
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add §14-177.1, NYC Ad Cd
 
Enacts the "Safe Streets Security Camera Registry Act" for the city of New York.
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A05556 Actions:

BILL NOA05556
 
02/19/2021referred to cities
09/15/2021enacting clause stricken
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A05556 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          5556
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    February 19, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. PICHARDO, SAYEGH, TAYLOR, DICKENS, REYES, SIMON,
          COOK -- read once and referred to the Committee on Cities
 
        AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the  city  of  New  York,  in
          relation  to  enactment  of the "safe streets security camera registry
          act"

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
     2  the "safe streets security camera registry act".
     3    § 2. Legislative intent. Currently, the police department of the  city
     4  of  New  York  collects  information  on the location of privately-owned
     5  security cameras manually, by means of  periodic  surveys  conducted  by
     6  patrol  officers. Such surveys do not capture the locations of newly-in-
     7  stalled privately-owned security cameras in a timely and complete manner
     8  due to their periodic nature and reliance on  personal  observations  by
     9  officers. It is the intent of the legislature that the police department
    10  create  an online security camera registry and database for all private-
    11  ly-owned and operated security cameras within the city of New York  with
    12  fields of observation that look upon and capture video of public spaces,
    13  such  as  sidewalks,  as  well  as lobbies, courtyards and vestibules of
    14  apartment  buildings.  Creating  the  security  camera   registry   will
    15  strengthen  the department's ability to pursue perpetrators of crimes by
    16  enhancing its ability to collect video  evidence  in  a  timely  manner,
    17  thereby shortening the time needed to bring criminal investigations to a
    18  successful  conclusion.  The  registry will only alert the department to
    19  the existence of privately-owned security cameras that  observe  persons
    20  in  public  places.  Nothing  in  this legislation will impinge upon the
    21  civil liberties of the people of the city of New York.
    22    § 3. The administrative code of the city of New  York  is  amended  by
    23  adding a new section 14-177.1 to read as follows:
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD08167-01-1

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     1    §  14-177.1  Security  camera registry. a. The department shall create
     2  and maintain an online registry and database of all privately-owned  and
     3  operated  security  cameras  within  the city of New York with fields of
     4  observation that look upon and capture video of public spaces,  such  as
     5  sidewalks,  as  well  as lobbies, courtyards and vestibules of apartment
     6  buildings.
     7    b. Any individual, company or entity which  installs  a  new  security
     8  camera  after  the  effective  date of this section shall, within thirty
     9  days after installation of such camera, register  the  location  of  the
    10  camera  and  the  contact  information  for  the owner of the camera and
    11  include a brief description of the view the  camera  captures  with  the
    12  registry  and  database  created  and  maintained by the department. The
    13  owner of the camera shall register such information with the  department
    14  through the department's online registry.
    15    c.  The  owner  of a security camera which has been installed prior to
    16  the effective date of this section shall  have  ninety  days  after  the
    17  effective  date  of  this section to register the location of the camera
    18  and the contact information for the owner of the camera with the depart-
    19  ment's registry and include a brief description of the view  the  camera
    20  captures as set forth in subdivision b of this section.
    21    d.  In the event that a crime occurs within the vicinity of a security
    22  camera  registered  with the department's database, the department shall
    23  obtain the consent of the camera owner to view any footage  recorded  or
    24  otherwise obtain a subpoena for production of such video.
    25    e.  The security camera registry and database shall be used solely for
    26  law enforcement purposes. Any data, records, photos, videos or  informa-
    27  tion  collected  for  such  camera  registry shall not be subject to the
    28  freedom of information law pursuant to subdivision two of section eight-
    29  y-nine of the public officers law.
    30    § 4. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
    31  have become a law.
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