S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
January 9, 2013
Introduced by Sens. RIVERA, ADAMS, DILAN, ESPAILLAT, HASSELL-THOMPSON,
STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be
committed 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
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
in public places. Nothing in this legislation will impinge upon the
civil liberties of the people of the city of New York.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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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
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.