Council to vote on cameras today

The Syracuse Common Council is scheduled to vote today on a proposal to install surveillance cameras in a near west side city neighborhood. Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Police Chief Frank Fowler are both pushing for the cameras in an effort to fight crime in the neighborhood.

Several city civic groups, including Syracuse United Neighbors support the proposal. But the idea of cameras on public streets has raised some opposition. The New York Civil Liberties Union has scheduled a news conference this morning to outline its opposition. There was a protest outside city hall over the camera proposal two weeks ago.

Here is our previous coverage on this issue.