Turn to Tara: LI train stations have more security cameras than Westchester

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It turns out that despite having roughly the same ridership numbers as Westchester, Nassau County has 40 cameras compared to just 10 in Westchester. It turns out that despite having roughly the same ridership numbers as Westchester, Nassau County has 40 cameras compared to just 10 in Westchester.
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A Turn to Tara investigation into the safety of your daily commute continues to uncover disturbing news.

In September, Tara Rosenblum revealed a surprising number of local train stations are not equipped with security cameras.

MORE: Turn to Tara: Three-quarters of Westchester's train stations lack cameras
MORE: Turn to Tara: Lawmakers fuming over lack of security at train stations

Now, new questions are being raised as to whether the MTA is playing favorites when it comes to funding.

Last month, the Turn to Tara investigation team went to each of Westchester's 44 train stations and discovered more than 75 percent of them, including stops in the lowest-income parts of the county, are not equipped with security cameras on the tracks.

This raised the question “Is it only Westchester?” So the team hit the road and drove an hour east, making stops at each of Nassau County's 54 train stations.

It turns out that despite having roughly the same ridership numbers as Westchester, Nassau County has 40 cameras compared to just 10 in Westchester.

The disparity caught the attention of state lawmakers. “Ridership on Long Island Railroad and Metro-North Railroad are almost the same. Investment should be equal. Metro-North riders pay 60 percent cost of operating Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Railroad riders pay closer to 40 percent. That disparity is not fair to northern suburbs,” says Assemblyman David Buchwald (D).

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, the chair of the state committee that oversees the MTA, says she will push the MTA to include funding for cameras at all stations - regardless of their geography or affluence - at the next budget meeting.

The MTA has refused to release a list of stations that have security cameras or the criteria used for placement.

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