Cops Break Up Warehouse Party
A General Services laborer from Huntington Station who ran an unsuccessful primary campaign this summer to get on the Huntington Town Board ballot is facing charges that he threw a huge party in an abandoned Huntington Station warehouse last week.
Police arrested Richard Hall, 47, after receiving a 911 call at 10:30 p.m. regarding a party with more than 500 people in an abandoned warehouse located behind 1026 New York Ave., near the New York Avenue pedestrian plaza. Hall was charged with second-degree criminal nuisance, a misdemeanor, and was released on his own recognizance.
As a result of the incident, Second Precinct officers will be stepping up Friday and Saturday patrols of the area to ensure that a similar party does not happen again, a police spokesman said Wednesday. He added that the department “had not heard” of any other similar parties being held in other vacant warehouses.
Town spokesman A. J. Carter said Hall remains on the job in General Services.
When police arrived at the scene on Oct. 25, they said as many as 560 people were jammed into the abandoned warehouse, according to estimates. Police said the warehouse, which has one door, did not have fire alarms or sprinklers, and several windows were boarded up, according to police.
During the summer, Hall campaigned unsuccessfully to get on the ballot in the 2013 Huntington Town Board race as a Working Families party candidate. His wife also ran unsuccessfully to become the Working Families candidate for supervisor. The two ran on a platform calling for additional resources in Huntington Station and stronger youth and community services.
Hall was previously arrested in 2009 arrest for stealing Gene Cook and Mark Mayoka campaign lawn signs; at the time, both candidates were running for Huntington Town Board. At the time, Hall was a Democratic supporter, but he broke with the party two years ago.
Hall’s next scheduled court date is Nov. 7.