NY mayor proposes fingerprinting at public housing

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Associated Press

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 16 at 2:07 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says people entering public housing should be fingerprinted as a crime-prevention measure.

He made the comments Friday on WOR Radio. His spokesman says Bloomberg is proposing a biometric security measure. He says the city is in the process of putting in an electronic keycard system.

Democratic mayoral candidates promptly blasted the mayor's comment.

Ex-city Comptroller Bill Thompson compared it to the city's controversial stop-and-frisk policy. He says it's "another direct act of treating minorities like criminals."

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is calling on Bloomberg to "make good" on installing security cameras in public housing.

The city is fighting a judge's ruling imposing reforms on the NYPD's stop and frisk policy. That judge also has ordered changes to an NYPD patrol program inside private buildings.

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