March 4, 2020 By Allie Griffin
The MTA will install new security cameras in Forest Hills and Rego Park subway stations to help monitor and prevent crime in the area, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi announced today.
The agency will install approximately 37 cameras inside the 75th Avenue E/F station, 37 cameras inside the Forest Hills – 71st Avenue E/F station, 21 cameras inside the 67th Avenue E/M/R station and 43 cameras in the 63rd Drive – Rego Park E/M/R station.
The plan has yet to be finalized, the assemblyman’s office said.
There have been a number of crimes at these stations in recent times.
In December 2018, a 24-year-old woman was robbed inside the 75th Avenue E/F station in Forest Hills and in March 2019, a 21-year-old man was shot in the leg while standing on the platform at the same station.
Hevesi requested funding for the purchase and installation of the cameras in February 2019.
The layout for the plan was developed by Heidi Harrison Chain, President of the NYPD 112th Pct. Community Council, Captain Jonathan Cermeli, the former Commanding Officer of the NYPD 112th Pct., and Captain Denis Mullaney of NYPD Transit District 20.
“I am thrilled that Assemblyman Hevesi was able to secure the funding and achieve this result of permanently improving our community’s safety by the installation of these cameras,” Harrison Chain said.