Mayor Michael Bloomberg says people entering New York City public housing should be fingerprinted as a crime-prevention measure.
He made the comments Friday on WOR Radio. His spokesman said Bloomberg was proposing a biometric security measure. He says the city is in the process of putting in an electronic keycard system.
Democratic mayoral candidates promptly blasted the mayor's comment.
Ex-city comptroller Bill Thompson compared it to the city's controversial stop-and-frisk policy. He said it's "another direct act of treating minorities like criminals."
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio called on Bloomberg to "make good" on installing security cameras in public housing.
The city is fighting a judge's ruling imposing reforms on the NYPD's stop and frisk policy. That judge also has ordered changes to an NYPD patrol program inside private buildings.