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Schenectady County expands camera project; Additional cameras to be installed downtown

The state Division of Criminal Justice Services gave $106,000 so the county could purchase more cameras and expand the wireless network the cameras operate on. The same department gave $120,000 for cameras in specific areas of State Street and Eastern Avenue and to hire a contractor to monitor the cameras.

Carney said he is aware that some people are uncomfortable with the county's use of surveillance cameras, but said the county only uses the cameras in public places.

"There are no privacy rights for crimes that occur in a public space. We are not peering in people's windows, and we are only using these cameras to prosecute and deter crime," Carney said."

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