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Brookhaven postpones inaugural over snow forecast

A Town of Brookhaven truck makes a pass

A Town of Brookhaven truck makes a pass down a secondary road off Broadway in Rocky Point, cleaning up after the two-day nor'easter in the Town of Brookhaven. (March 8, 2013) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine has rescheduled Thursday's swearing-in ceremony at Town Hall in Farmingville because of a possible 8 inches of snow forecast for Long Island.

The public ceremony will now be Jan. 7 at 3 p.m. at Town Hall, officials said. That date had originally been reserved for town council members to be sworn in.

"All reports are predicting snow on Thursday, and we will be asking residents to stay off the roads for their safety and to allow our snow removal crews to do their jobs," Romaine said Tuesday in a statement. "Moving the swearing-in ceremony is the prudent thing to do in light of the hazardous conditions that are expected."

Last winter, between Feb. 8 and 9, a blizzard left more than 30 inches of snow on parts of Brookhaven Town, and some residents waited more than four days for their streets to be plowed. Romaine and the highway department were blamed for the delayed response.

In Nassau County, Hempstead Town officials say they don't plan to cancel their swearing-in ceremony Thursday.

Brookhaven Town highway Superintendent Daniel P. Losquadro was also scheduled to be sworn in Thursday.

"My focus is to keep Brookhaven Town roads safe," Losquadro said. "I am happy the swearing-in ceremony has been moved to a later date so I can remain in constant contact with my administration and crews out on our roads during a time of predicted inclement weather."

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