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Somers Officials Consider Installing Litter Surveillance Cameras

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In 2016, a Mahopac resident was captured discarding trash in Yorktown. Under that town’s new law, he was fined $200. Credits: Michael J. McDermott
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SOMERS, N.Y.-Following the success of neighboring Yorktown’s litter camera law, which has already nabbed two litterbugs in the act, the Somers Town Board is considering a similar law of its own.

Yorktown’s law, approved in July 2016, allows the town to administer fines based on photographs and video recordings—including those submitted by residents. The law was drafted by Yorktown Town Attorney Michael J. McDermott, who is a town justice in Somers.

Last year, a resident who had set up a motion detector security camera captured a motorist discarding trash on the roadway. The resident submitted the images to town officials, and the motorist was fined.

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The town put up its own motion detector cameras in October and, shortly after, a landscaping company was photographed illegally discarding the contents of its truck in a wooded area.

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