In response to the incoming Hurricane Irene, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko has ordered a halt of alcohol sales in the town as of 11 p.m. Saturday, according to a release from his office.
The supervisor told Patch late Saturday night he had received reports of bars and restaurants in town having "hurricane parties," and decided to order alcohol sales be stopped.
"Number one, people should not be out now. They should be home," Lesko said. "...and number two, the roads are dangerous enough right now, and we certainly don't need people under the influence driving around town. That's just too dangerous."
In Patchogue, mayor Paul Pontieri issued an order Friday that required bars and restaurants to close at 10 p.m., but Lesko said some establishments may not have been in compliance.
The executive emergency order comes as Irene is barreling up the east coast headed for Long Island.
It is unknown when the halt would be lifted.
Stay tuned to Patch for up-to-the-minute updates on Hurricane Irene.
Three Village editor Christine Sampson contributed to this story.