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Cellphones donated for domestic violence victims

 Islip Town is donating 372 cellphones to the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, which will offer the phones to victims of domestic violence.

For the past three years, the town has donated excess phones and chargers to the coalition, officials said. Each year, Islip purchases phones and provides them to private contractors it hires during the winter to do snow removal, Islip spokesman Kevin Bonner said. The phones function as GPS units so the town can keep track of the contractors’ work, he said.

“At the end of the winter season, instead of throwing these phones away, we are happy to donate them to a worthy group,” Bonner said.

At its meeting Tuesday, the town board unanimously voted to donate 147 I-355 and 225 I-335 Nextel cellphones.

To date, the town has donated more than 700 phones to the coalition, Bonner said.

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