A Farmingdale woman has been charged with a hate crime after, Suffolk police said, she left a racist phone message at an Amityville church.

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Police said Elisa Pellino, 66, was arrested Thursday after the pastor of the New Hope Institutional Baptist Church on Harrison Ave. called the police to report a "racist and alarming" telephone message left at the church. Hate Crimes Unit detectives investigated and arrested Pellino at her home on Main Street at about 5:50 p.m., police said.

Pellino was charged with second-degree aggravated harassment as a hate crime and is being held overnight at the Fourth Precinct. She is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Friday.