If only they had come eight days earlier, who knows?

Officials announced on April 14 that security cameras were installed at the Long Island Rail Road station in Bellport, only weeks after local boxing legend Adam Willett was shot just across the street when he aided two teenage girls who were being harassed.

Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Connie Kepert, who represents Bellport, said the community had asked for the cameras as part of a visioning plan for the Bellport area. About $15,000 was set aside out of $75,000 earmarked to partially fund the Greater Bellport Sustainable Community Plan.

Kepert said the timing of the camera installation, so soon after the shooting of Willett, was coincidental, but had people guessing, what if? "That was one of the things pointed out to me," she said.

The cameras, Kepert said, can zoom to get a clearer picture of activity in the area, including the spot where the shooting occurred.

'If a crime has been committed, the police can ask for the tape and review the tape," she said.

Additional cameras will be installed in parks around Bellport, Kepert said.

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Suffolk Legis. Kate Browning, Brookhaven Councilwoman Connie Kepert, Georgette Greir-Key of the Central Bellport Civic Association, Legis. Jack Eddington and Miles Malone, also of the Central Bellport Civic Association, announce the installation of security cameras at the LIRR train station in Bellport. (April 14, 2010)