2016-08-24 / Front Page

$4M Lighting Upgrade At Ravenswood Completed

Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, NYCHA Vice President for Public Safety Gerald Nelson, Ravenswood Tenants Association President Carol Wilkins, and Ravenswood residents celebrate the installation of $4 million worth of lighting upgrades at Ravenswood Houses.Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, NYCHA Vice President for Public Safety Gerald Nelson, Ravenswood Tenants Association President Carol Wilkins, and Ravenswood residents celebrate the installation of $4 million worth of lighting upgrades at Ravenswood Houses.New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, alongside NYCHA Vice President for Public Safety Gerald Nelson, Ravenswood Tenants Association President Carol Wilkins, and Ravenswood residents celebrated on August 18 the completed installation of 626 new lighting fixtures at the Ravenswood Houses.

The new lights have been installed on the facades of all 31 buildings in the development, as well as in doorways, parking lots, walkways, and playgrounds. To install the lights, workers also rerouted the circuitry of the buildings. The entire project cost nearly $4 million.

“The safety of my constituents is of the utmost importance,” said Majority Leader Van Bramer. “Ravenswood residents have complained for years that dim and broken lights were making the community unsafe. The investment in this upgrade is already paying off – residents feel better walking at night, and crimes have dropped considerably. I’m proud to have helped make this much-needed project happen.”

NYCHA Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye said, “NYCHA remains squarely focused on creating safer communities across New York City – and this state-of-the-art exterior lighting will help brighten this development and move us towards that goal. Thanks to a strong partnership with Council Member Van Bramer, the Ravenswood community can rest assured that we are investing in their futures and the next generation of public housing.”

Ravenswood Houses has seen progress stemming major index crimes. No murders or shootings have occurred in the development so far this year. Robbery, larceny, and auto theft are also down at Ravenswood Houses – by 16.7 percent, 14.3 percent, and 66.7 percent respectively. NYCHA-wide, shootings are down over 17 percent, reflecting the broader decrease in shootings citywide.


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