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New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) Surveillance Camera Project News and Resources

NYCLU Report: Who's Watching? Video Camera Surveillance in New York City and the Need for Public Oversight  Online>

New York Civil Liberties Union, A Walking Album. (February 2009) Running time: 00:57.


Albany County

Local Law No. "G" 2007: A local law of the County of Albany requiring businesses to post sinage indicating surveillance cameras are in use. Online>


"Guard arrested over illegal surveillance," Watertown Daily Times, December 20, 2008. Online>


"Surveillance Cameras: Someone's Always Watching," Buffalo Daily News, July 27, 2008.  Online>

Chemung County

"Elmira surveillance camera system demonstrated," Star-Gazette, September 10, 2009. Online>

"Stimulus for Surveillance," WETM, May 12, 2009. Online>


"Union reviewing legality of new Clarkstown surveillance cameras," Lower Hudson Journal News, March 27, 2009. Online>

Lake Placid

"Surveillance camera taken down from Main Street pole," Lake Placid News, December 11, 2009. Online>


"Liberty Keeps a Watchful Eye," The Times-Herald Record, September 20, 2008.  Online>

"Liberty Police Monitor Village With Camera System," Midhudson News, September 20, 2008.  Online>

Long Island

"L.I. Lifeguards Dress In Office, Unaware Of Camera," CBS TV2, August 17, 2009. Online>

"E. Patchogue man charged in tenant spy-cam case," Newsday, June 18, 2009. Online>

New York City

"New York to fight terrorism with more street-corner cameras," Christian Science Monitor, October 5, 2009. Online>

"Security Test for M.T.A.: Cameras on a Train," New York Times, July 28, 2009. Online>

"NYPD moves to cloak midtown with camera license plate readers, and radiation and bio scanners," New York Daily News, April 1, 2009. Online>

"Hello, Big Brother in NYC," The Straits Times (Singapore), March 24, 2009. Online>

"Crime continues despite cameras," Washington Square News Online, March 4, 2009. Online>

"Study Questions Whether Cameras Cut Crime," New York Times, March 3, 2009. Online>

"Unblinking Eyes, for $20 Million, at Freedom Tower," New York Times, September 24, 2008. Online>

"City Would Photograph Every Vehicle Entering Manhattan and Sniff Out Radioactivity," New York Times, August 11, 2008.  Online>

"NYC mayor: Get used to surveillance," New York Times, October 1, 2007. Online>

"An Opportunity for Wall St. in China’s Surveillance Boom," New York Times, September 11, 2007. Online>

"Police Plan Web of Surveillance for Down Town," New York Times, July 9, 2007. Online>

"The Camera Never Blinks, but It Multiplies," The New York Times, April 23, 2006. Online>

"Police Video Caught a Couple's Intimate Moment on a Manhattan Rooftop," New York Times, December 22, 2005. Online>

"New Cameras to Watch Over Subway System," New York Times, August 24, 2005. Online>

"U.S. Transit Agencies Turn to Cameras in Terror Fight, but Systems Vary in Effectiveness," New York Times, July 14, 2005. Online>

"Justice Is Blind, but a Court Surveillance System Sees All," New York Times, September 2, 2004. Online>

"Video of Bronx Man's Suicide Appears on Shock Web Site," New York Times, April 1, 2004. Online>

"Big Brother vs. Terrorist in Spy Camera Debate," New York Times, June 19, 2002. Online>


"Nation’s First Surveillance Cameras Were Installed in Olean," Olean Times Herald, October 5, 2008.  Online>


"Poughkeepsie to use new federal money for enhanced surveillance cameras," Mid-Hudson News Network, June 24,2009. Online>


"Cameras, sensors spark government surveillance debate," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, April 10, 2009. Online>

Steuben County

"Bath trustees to re-think surveillance cameras," Steuben Courier, January 21, 2010. Online>

Suffolk County

"Camera Shy," New York Times, May 8, 2005. Online>


"Mayoral candidate Miner vows more cops on the streets," Syracuse Post Standard, August 7, 2009. Online>

Warren County

"The cost of cameras," Glens Falls Post-Star Editorial, June 14, 2009. Online> 

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