The New York Convention passes legislation mandating cameras on all subway platforms

The New York City Assembly on Monday passed a bill requiring the MTA to operate cameras at all subway stations and expanding its powers to add more surveillance technology underground – a day after the fourth subway killing in 2022.

The bill, dubbed Sedrick’s Law, is named after Sedrick Simon, the voter for Member of Parliament Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, who was fatally hit by a train in a Brooklyn subway station with no platform cameras in 2019.

How he ended up on the tracks in the Oath of the Train three years later remains a mystery.

Bichotte first introduced the law in 2020, reviving her efforts to get it passed after the April 12 mass shooting on a crowded Brooklyn N train in Sunset Park.

The bill passed the assembly — without provocation — just a day after a suspect shot 48-year-old David Enriquez in the chest on a Q train on Sunday morning. The suspect was at large as of Monday night.

“I’m in tears, I feel like I’ve been waiting and holding my breath for this to finally happen and now I feel like I can breathe,” Jennifer Muhammad, Sedrick Simon’s sister, told the Post when she heard the news that the law is being pushed to the state senate. “I feel like my brother’s death wasn’t in vain.”

Sedrick Simon
Sedrick Simon, who was fatally hit by a train at a Brooklyn subway station with no platform cameras in 2019.
Jennifer Muhammad and her brother Sedrick Simon.
Simon and his sister Jennifer Muhammad

Muhammad, 37, and her family were devastated by the death of her brother, who was on his way to an appointment when he was killed at around 7am on December 26, 2019.

“Enough people have died, enough children have lost their parents,” she said, adding that she “hope and pray” that the Senate will pass the bill and Gov. Kathy Hochul will put it into effect.

“It not only creates security for the passengers, but also a deterrent for the criminals.”

The MTA says it already meets the terms of the bill because it has cameras at every subway station.

“We appreciate the Assembly’s support for the MTA’s ongoing camera security program, which has already installed cameras in all 472 subway stations and is expected to add thousands more over the course of this year alone,” said MTA Communications Director Tim Minton.

“Adding cameras throughout the system will improve coverage and is already providing material support for investigating crimes and apprehending those responsible.”

Eric Adams and the new incoming NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell
Member of Parliament Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn resumed her efforts to pass the bill after the April 12 mass shooting on a crowded N train in Brooklyn.
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New York State Capitol
New Yorkers want politicians to do more to keep the city safe.
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Bichotte said Monday in a speech to the convention that subway safety is something “every New Yorker can support,” citing bipartisan support for the bill.

Crime attacks on New York’s transit system rose more than 50 percent between February and March, reaching the highest total since the NYPD began beefing up subway patrols 11 months ago, new data shows.

“The bill aims to place cameras on every platform in the MTA system that is reasonable,” said the Brooklyn Democrat. “I even have people praying before they get on the subway station over at the Newkirk Avenue-Little Haiti station. New Yorkers deserve more peace of mind on their daily commutes.” The New York Convention passes legislation mandating cameras on all subway platforms


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