Emergency preparedness was the main topic of discussion at a meeting of representatives from the nine villages located within the Town of Brookhaven who met with Supervisor Ed Romaine last week, according to Laurence LaPointe, a trustee of Port Jefferson who went to represent the village.
According to a statement released by the Town, Romaine held the meeting to discuss issues affecting each village and ways to work together to provide better service for residents at a savings to taxpayers.
Brookhaven has the most incorporated villages within its borders than any township in Suffolk County, the statement said. New Highway Superintendent Dan Losquadro was also at the meeting.
“While many topics were covered, the bulk of the meeting was about emergency preparedness, how to prepare better for snowstorms and hurricanes, better coordination between the Town and villages, and saving money through group purchasing of materials, equipment and services,” explained LaPointe in an email to Patch. “Supervisor Romaine stated that the Town will be coming back to us with specific proposals on how to improve emergency response throughout the Town at our next meeting.”
After a blizzard buried the area this February, Brookhaven Town was slammed for its response. Neighborhood streets remained unplowed for days after the storm ended, stranding people inside their homes and on local streets where they were trapped inside cars. Local fire departments faced walls of snow and residents pitched in to help first responders rescue people in need of medical attention.
LaPointe said that Romaine promised the lines of communication will remain open.
“We all walked away with new information and there will be regular follow up meetings,” he said.