Bill May Require NYPD to Monitor Radiation Detectors

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

The council's public safety committee postponed a vote on a bill that would require environmental monitors to have their radiation and biochemical detectors registered and approved by the NYPD.

REPORTER: The Bloomberg Administration says the steps are necessary to prevent false alarms and unnecessary public concern. But at today's hearing, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer criticized the bill, saying it responds to a problem that does not exist.

STRINGER: There is no emergency. There aren’t hundreds of people running around the borough testing everything. This is a fake emergency. It doesn’t exist, and there is not a problem, let’s not try to create one.

REPORTER: The chairman of the public safety committee, Queens council member Peter Vallone, postponed today's vote. He says he wants the council to narrow the scope of the administration's bill.

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