Meet Bloomberg | Fingerprinting

If you have a stranger walking in the halls of your apartment building, don’t you want somebody to stop and say, ‘Who are you? Why’re you here?’

— Michael Bloomberg on why public housing tenants should be fingerprinted, Aug. 16, 2013

Bloomberg: Fingerprinting Will Make Projects Safer

In the latest crime-fighting measure following his stop-and-frisk initiative — which allowed police to stop people deemed acting suspiciously — Michael Bloomberg proposed fingerprinting the more than 600,000 people who live in public housing as a means of gaining entrance to their home. "Just like stop-and-frisk, this is another direct act of treating minorities like criminals," former Comptroller and mayoral candidate Bill Thompson said in a statement. "Mayor Bloomberg wants to make New Yorkers feel like prisoners in their own homes." Critics also said the idea echoed the Bloomberg administration's 2012 plan to require fingerprints from food stamp applicants. 

"What We Really Should Have Is Fingerprinting To Get In"

"Why? For What?"

"Why? For What?"

"We live here all these years, I mean, what seems to be the problem? This is not jail,” said Deborah Gatling of the Chelsea Houses.

"I Don't Feel That's Right"

"I Don't Feel That's Right"

"He wants to prove we [live] here," said resident Alberta Hale. "All he has to do is ask to see the lease. [He] has to stop this mess.”

"I'm Glad He's Leaving"

"I'm Glad He's Leaving"

"I’m very glad. Give the opportunity to somebody who thinks like us,” added resident Stacey Quinones.


Fingerprinting News

New York Daily News  

Friday, August 16, 2013

NYCHA Tenants Should Be Fingerprinted: Bloomberg external link

On WOR-AM, Bloomberg Said That City Public Housing Tenants Should Be Fingerprinted To Improve Safety City public housing tenants should all be fingerprinted, Mayor Bloomberg said Friday, sparking an uproar from Democratic mayoral hopefuls. 'What ...

Huffington Post  

Friday, August 16, 2013

Fingerprint NYC Housing Authority Residents, Says Michael Bloomberg external link

“New York City public housing tenants should be fingerprinted as a way of keeping criminals out of their buildings, Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested Friday, adding that the buildings often had broken locks that allowed trespassers ...

Observer News  

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg Hasn’t Persuaded Governor Cuomo To Keep Stamp Fingerprinting external link

“Flipside of the argument is, well, fingerprinting helps detect fraud. I understand that, I understand that. My position is this; there are many ways to detect fraud, especially nowadays, you don’t need fingerprinting,” Governor Cuomo ...

The New York Times  

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Bloomberg Says He Will Fight for Fingerprinting Rule external link

"Unfortunately, Mayor Bloomberg and I couldn’t disagree more -- fingerprinting food stamp applicants is a time-consuming and unnecessary process, which stigmatizes applicants and has prevented 24,000 New Yorkers from getting the help they deserve," said ...

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