Residents, teachers seek monetary damages over Brookhaven Town landfill

The plaintiffs have long complained the landfill is the cause of smells, debris, and what they say is a high rate of cancer among teachers.

A group of residents and teachers who live or work near the Brookhaven Town landfill filed notices of claim against the town Thursday, alleging that the town has not done enough to protect residents from the landfill’s odors and emissions.

The 24 plaintiffs are seeking undisclosed monetary damages related to loss of property value and medical bills. In 24 separate notices, the plaintiffs accuse the town of “derilection of duties” in maintaining the landfill. The plaintiffs include Bellport homeowners and teachers and parents at Frank P. Long Intermediate School in Bellport — located about a mile away from the landfill — who have long complained that the landfill is the cause of smells, debris, and health concerns, including what they say is a high rate of cancer among teachers.

The town has 90 days to respond to the notices or the group will move forward with a lawsuit, according to attorney E. Christopher Murray, of Ruskin Moscou Faltischek PC in Uniondale, who is representing the plaintiffs.

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