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Town mulls future of Gordon Heights FD

UPDATE: Here's the full story

The Brookhaven Town Board discussed the possibility of dissolving the Gordon Heights Fire District -- the most-taxed district on Long Island -- at town hall in Farmingville today.

On Monday, the town released a consultant's report that said the district should slash expenditures by 40 percent and submit to enhanced oversight by Brookhaven Town, or face dissolution.

Newsday’s Brookhaven reporter Patrick Whittle was at the event and provided updates on Twitter.


More: newsday.com/gordonheights
On Twitter: @pxwhittle


3:45 p.m.
#GordonHeights FD dissolution plan will be subject of March 15 meeting at 6 pm in town hall.

3:06 p.m.
Brookhaven Supervisor says town must "very quickly" hold public hearing on #GordonHeights options.

3:02 p.m.
Two basic options for #GordonHeights are "status quo with financial oversight" or "dissolution and creation of fire protection district."

2:50 p.m.
#GordonHeights consultants suggest possibility of more financial oversight, or possibly financial seizure, of district. #LongIsland

2:41 p.m.
Consultant calls #GordonHeights budget "a brutal budget," says dramatic cutbacks needed to maintain service. #LongIsland

2:32 p.m.
#GordonHeights FD was first all-black firefighting force in Suffolk County, founded in 1940s. Today, it's also the most-taxed.#LongIsland

2:31 p.m.
The consultants who wrote the #GordonHeights report - which calls for cutbacks or closure - are presenting their findings in Brookhaven.

2:30 p.m.
Bonner asks a question mid-presentation; Kepert advises her to hold off for now. This may get ugly. #GordonHeights #LongIsland

2:28 p.m.
Big crowd at Brookhaven meeting for Gordon Heights presentation. No vote today, but plenty of emotions. #LongIsland

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