Brookhaven Town Hall evacuated due to bomb threat

Brookhaven Town Hall Brookhaven Town Hall Photo Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis

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Brookhaven Town Hall was evacuated due to a bomb threat for about an hour Tuesday afternoon, according to town officials.

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine said authorities told him a package was mailed to News 12 Long Island threatening to blow up Town Hall in Farmingville at 2:15 p.m.

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Public safety officers inside the building began the evacuation at 1:30 p.m. and more than a dozen Suffolk County police vehicles and dogs were on the scene, town officials said. Town Hall was reopened at about 2:30 p.m. after the building was searched and secured, an official said.

Everyone inside exited calmly, but they were concerned as to what was happening, said Brookhaven Councilwoman Kathy Walsh, who was among those evacuated.

Town leaders found themselves under fire after a blizzard hit Feb. 8, with residents complaining of unplowed streets for days, and lack of leadership in the highway department and town government.

Officials, including Romaine, who was on vacation during the blizzard, have blamed the highway department for snow removal problems. They said the department was not prepared to handle a major storm, citing problems with planning, seeking outside contractors, internal staffing and leadership, equipment shortages and old vehicles.

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Acting highway superintendent Michael Murphy was on sick leave from Friday through Tuesday during the blizzard and snow cleanup. He resigned Wednesday, and town officials appointed John Cappella acting superintendent.

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