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.
“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.