senate Bill S5574A

Enacts the "Safe Streets Security Camera Registry Act"

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  • 03 / Jun / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CITIES
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CITIES
  • 31 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CITIES
  • 31 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 5574A

Summary

Enacts the "Safe Streets Security Camera Registry Act".

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8198A
Versions:
S5574
S5574A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Cities
Law Section:
New York City Administrative Code
Laws Affected:
Add §14-154, NYC Ad Cd

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BILL NUMBER:S5574A

TITLE OF BILL:
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"

PURPOSE:
The purpose of the registry is to give the NYPD an inventory of all
private security cameras looking upon public spaces in the city. The
NYPD will not have automotive or immediate access to the video
produced from the cameras, except as a result of the case-by-case
arrangements that are sometimes made by individual camera owners. If
there is a crime in the vicinity of one or more of the cameras, the
NYPD will be able to access the registry for the location and
owner/operator of the camera. If the NYPD wishes to access the video
produced by any of the cameras, it will have to follow the normal
procedure of obtaining consent or a subpoena for the footage.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 § 2. Legislative intent. Creating the Security Camera
Registry will strengthen the NYPD's ability to pursue the
perpetrators of crimes by enhancing its ability to collect video
evidence, ensuring this evidence is collected thoroughly and quickly,
and thereby shortening the time needed to bring criminal
investigations to a successful conclusion. The database will be
beneficial both during such criminal investigations and also in order
to enhance NYDP internal investigations as well.

§3. Amends the administrative code by adding a new section 14-154:
Security Camera Registry.
A) The New York Police Department shall create and maintain an online
registry and database of all privately-owned and operated security
cameras within the city of New York.
B) New security camera installations will be registered with the
department's only registry and database.
C) Security cameras installed prior to the enactment of this section
shall register with the department's registry.
D) In the event that a crime occurs within the vicinity of a security
camera registered with the department's database, the department
shall obtain the consent of the camera owner to view any footage
recorded or obtain a subpoena for production of such video.
E) The security camera registry and database will be used solely for
law enforcement purposes.

§4. This act shall take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION:
Currently, the NYPD collects information on the location of security
cameras manually, by means of periodic surveys conducted by patrol
officers. These surveys, because they are periodic, do not capture

the locations of newly-installed cameras in a timely manner, and
because they rely on personal observations by officers throughout the
city, are bound to be incomplete.
criminal investigations and also in order to enhance NYPD internal
investigations as well. The registry will only alert the police to
the existence of cameras that observe persons in public places.
Nothing in this proposed legislation will impinge upon the
civil liberties of the people of New York City.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 5574--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 3, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. RIVERA, ADAMS, DILAN, ESPAILLAT, HASSELL-THOMPSON,
  OPPENHEIMER, STAVISKY -- read twice  and  ordered  printed,  and  when
  printed  to  be committed to the Committee on Cities -- recommitted to
  the Committee on Cities in accordance with Senate Rule 6,  sec.  8  --
  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
  recommitted to said committee

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:

  Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
the "safe streets security camera registry act".
  S 2. Legislative intent. Currently, the police department of the  city
of  New  York  collects  information  on the location of privately-owned
security cameras manually, by means of  periodic  surveys  conducted  by
patrol  officers. Such surveys do not capture the locations of newly-in-
stalled privately-owned security cameras in a timely and complete manner
due to their periodic nature and reliance on  personal  observations  by
officers. It is the intent of the legislature that the police department
create  an online security camera registry and database for all private-
ly-owned and operated security cameras within the city of New York  with
fields of observation that look upon and capture video of public spaces,
such  as  sidewalks,  as  well  as lobbies, courtyards and vestibules of
apartment  buildings.  Creating  the  security  camera   registry   will
strengthen  the department's ability to pursue perpetrators of crimes by
enhancing its ability to collect video  evidence  in  a  timely  manner,
thereby shortening the time needed to bring criminal investigations to a
successful  conclusion.  The  registry will only alert the department to
the existence of privately-owned security cameras that  observe  persons

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11696-03-2

S. 5574--A                          2

in  public  places.  Nothing  in  this legislation will impinge upon the
civil liberties of the people of the city of New York.
  S  3.  The  administrative  code of the city of New York is amended by
adding a new section 14-154 to read as follows:
  S 14-154 SECURITY CAMERA REGISTRY. A. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL CREATE  AND
MAINTAIN  AN  ONLINE  REGISTRY  AND  DATABASE OF ALL PRIVATELY-OWNED AND
OPERATED SECURITY CAMERAS WITHIN THE CITY OF NEW  YORK  WITH  FIELDS  OF
OBSERVATION  THAT  LOOK UPON AND CAPTURE VIDEO OF PUBLIC SPACES, SUCH AS
SIDEWALKS, AS WELL AS LOBBIES, COURTYARDS AND  VESTIBULES  OF  APARTMENT
BUILDINGS.
  B.  ANY  INDIVIDUAL,  COMPANY  OR ENTITY WHICH INSTALLS A NEW SECURITY
CAMERA AFTER THE ENACTMENT OF THIS SECTION  SHALL,  WITHIN  THIRTY  DAYS
AFTER  INSTALLATION  OF SUCH CAMERA, REGISTER THE LOCATION OF THE CAMERA
AND THE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE OWNER OF THE CAMERA  AND  INCLUDE  A
BRIEF  DESCRIPTION OF THE VIEW THE CAMERA CAPTURES WITH THE REGISTRY AND
DATABASE CREATED AND MAINTAINED BY THE  DEPARTMENT.  THE  OWNER  OF  THE
CAMERA  SHALL  REGISTER SUCH INFORMATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT THROUGH THE
DEPARTMENT'S ONLINE REGISTRY.
  C. THE OWNER OF A SECURITY CAMERA WHICH HAS BEEN  INSTALLED  PRIOR  TO
THE ENACTMENT OF THIS SECTION SHALL HAVE NINETY DAYS AFTER THE ENACTMENT
OF  THIS  SECTION TO REGISTER THE LOCATION OF THE CAMERA AND THE CONTACT
INFORMATION FOR THE OWNER OF THE CAMERA WITH THE  DEPARTMENT'S  REGISTRY
AND  INCLUDE  A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE VIEW THE CAMERA CAPTURES AS SET
FORTH IN SUBDIVISION B OF THIS SECTION.
  D.  IN THE EVENT THAT A CRIME OCCURS WITHIN THE VICINITY OF A SECURITY
CAMERA REGISTERED WITH THE DEPARTMENT'S DATABASE, THE  DEPARTMENT  SHALL
OBTAIN  THE  CONSENT OF THE CAMERA OWNER TO VIEW ANY FOOTAGE RECORDED OR
OTHERWISE OBTAIN A SUBPOENA FOR PRODUCTION OF SUCH VIDEO.
  E. THE SECURITY CAMERA REGISTRY AND DATABASE SHALL BE USED SOLELY  FOR
LAW  ENFORCEMENT PURPOSES. ANY DATA, RECORDS, PHOTOS, VIDEOS OR INFORMA-
TION COLLECTED FOR SUCH CAMERA REGISTRY SHALL  NOT  BE  SUBJECT  TO  THE
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAW PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION TWO OF SECTION EIGHT-
Y-NINE OF THE PUBLIC OFFICERS LAW.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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