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Poll: Should Brookhaven cut its park rangers?

Brookhaven Park Ranger Arno Herwerth, one of eight

Brookhaven Park Ranger Arno Herwerth, one of eight rangers being laid off, patrols Michael P. Murphy Memorial Park in Lake Ronkonkoma. (Oct. 12, 2011) Photo by Barry Sloan Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Brookhaven Town officials are considering whether to cut the town's eight park rangers next year. Supervisor Mark Lesko, who proposed the layoffs, said the measure would save the cash-strapped town $215,000.

The rangers are armed, part-time officers who patrol the town's beaches, recreation areas and public buildings. All have a background in corrections or law enforcement and are authorized to make arrests.

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