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> ARCADIA ELEC TRICAL CO. INC., Ridgewood, N. Y., installed 341
new lighting fixtures near walkways, playgrounds and parking lots
at Polo Grounds Towers in Harlem as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s
Action Plan (MAP), an initiative to reduce crime and increase
neighborhood safety at 15 New York City Housing Authority
(NYCHA) development sites with the highest crime rates.
“Increasing safety is at the core of improving the lives of
NYCHA residents,” de Blasio said in a March 11 press release.
“That’s why we are implementing a comprehensive security
plan—more lighting, additional security cameras, and improved
coordination between N YCHA and the police department—to
do this. After decades of disinvestment in our public housing,
we are leveraging every tool possible to strengthen and preserve
NYCHA for today and future generations.”
Construction has begun at eight other locations in Brooklyn,
the Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan. Each of the projects
vary in size. NYCHA expects new lighting will be substantially
completed at 13 of the 15 MAP sites by the end of 2017.
Temporary light towers will remain at the developments until all
projects are completed.
“The projects are specifically related to lighting, which is
right up an electrical contractor’s alley,” said Stephen Gianotti,
president of Arcadia Electrical.
The outdated lighting was from the 1960s and required
maintenance by replacing every lamp that had burned out.
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have longevity, he said.
The new lights brighten up areas that weren’t well lit—such
as gardens, walkways, playgrounds and parking lots—providing a
safer environment for residents.
“Safety was the most important part [of this program], but
it also cut down on electrical usage, bills and maintenance,”
Gianotti said. “The old lights didn’t provide much coverage.
The technology when they were installed wasn’t available.
LED isn’t only brighter but comes at a much lower cost than
Arcadia Electrical is performing installations with International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local No. 3, which
trains community members to work on these projects.
“In partnership with Local Union 3 IBEW and the mayor’s
office, we were able to hire members of the community to be
part of our team, and together we made the Polo Grounds a safer,
more enjoyable place to call home,” Gianotti said.
Arcadia Electrical is currently working at Castle Hill Houses
in the Bronx.
“Good lighting deters crime and promotes public safety,”
said Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Manhattan district attorney. “The
installation of new exterior lighting at Polo Grounds Towers,
which is part of my office’s $101 million commitment to improve
NYCHA security, will enhance residential safety and quality of
life for thousands of New Yorkers.”
> IN THE WIDENING EMBRACE
of renewable energy, cities have become
a catalyst. For example, San Francisco
recently approved an ordinance
requiring solar panels on all new
residential and commercial buildings
constructed in the city beginning in
The ordinance, authored by
Supervisor Scott Wiener, applies to any
building with 10 floors or less and more
than 2,000 square feet of gross floor
area. The technology may be either solar
photovoltaic or solar water panels.
Wiener was ebullient after his
colleagues unanimously approved the
measure in April.
“San Francisco is once again leading the
nation in the fight against climate change,”
In one respect, the new law is not such
a leap. Updated in 2013, California’s Title
24 Energy Standards require 15 percent
of roof area on new small and mid-sized
buildings to be “solar ready.” Shading
must be avoided, and the appropriate roof
spacing and electrical infrastructure
must be included in initial
construction to make it ready for
the potential future installation of
The San Francisco ordinance
builds on that readiness by
adding the requirement that
the technology actually must
Arcadia Electrical and New York Look to Light up Crime
San Francisco Requires Solar Panels on All New Buildings