Surveillance Cameras, Other Security Measures Coming to Buffalo City Hall

The only ‘no’ vote to the security measures says overarming is helping terrorists win.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo’s City Hall is upgrading its security, with G4S Security Services to install the system.

The security system will include metal detectors and a video surveillance network that could reach 100 cameras. The contact with G4S Security Services is not to exceed $650,000 a year, according to a report by WBFO, Buffalo’s NPR station. An additional $200,000 has already been provided for the security upgrade.

Council President Darius Pridgen is a big advocate for the security measures, which also includes armed security officers. “We had a gentleman come and expose himself in our office. We’ve had people who had to be removed by police and we had to wait for a 911 call because we couldn’t remove the police that are already in the building from their strategic positions,” he said. “Well, we don’t want to wait until we have someone hurt.”

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The only ‘no’ vote on the council was David Franczyk, who says his experience studying in a Communist country with men with rifles and bayonets “everywhere” influenced his vote.

“They were on public transportation. They were in government buildings,” he said. “And if we’re becoming this, the terrorist[s] are winning these victories with this overarming.”

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