Posted at: 10/21/2013 7:13 PM
| Updated at: 10/21/2013 7:16 PM
By: Steve Flamisch
SCHENECTADY -- Responding to concerns about cars damaged by debris thrown from a highway overpass, Mayor Gary McCarthy said Monday the city would consider installing surveillance cameras nearby.
Two cars on Interstate 890 were damaged by plywood, rocks, or other objects tossed from the Craig St. or Michigan Ave. overpasses Wednesday night, police said. No one was injured, and no suspects were identified.
"If we can prevent these types of things, we want to do everything we can to make sure it doesn't happen in the future," McCarthy told NewsChannel 13.
There are 120 surveillance cameras in the city, with 20 more scheduled to be installed in the coming months, McCarthy said. Multiple agencies and officials play a role in determining where they will go.
No cameras were slated for the I-890 corridor before last week’s incidents, but the placements have not been finalized, Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said.
"If it's an important priority to the city, we can try to move some money around," Carney said. “We're reaching out to the mayor's office to see whether existing but not yet appropriated funding could be transferred to this purpose."
The existing cameras were funded by a combination of asset forfeitures from criminal cases, private donations, state grants, and the city's own capital budget, McCarthy said.
Julia Maxwell, whose windshield was shattered by a "large, rock-like object" last week, welcomed the possibility of cameras coming to the overpasses.
"I am happy to hear that," Maxwell said. "Funds are short. They're doing the best they can, but the surveillance cameras, I think, will really help."
The next meeting about the placement of new cameras is slated for early November.