Residents push back against bid to move Islip art museum

EAST ISLIP - Residents in the Town of Islip are upset over a new proposal to move the Islip Arts Council to a new location.The Brookwood Hall building in East Islip has for 40 years been home to the Islip Arts Museum, where galleries are held and local children take classes. Recently, however, Town of Islip officials proposed moving the museum as part of a consolidation plan. Supervisor Tom Croci says the town is facing a $26 million budget deficit. He says the town has to close other facilities and find new workspaces for those affected employees, and that could mean relocating them to Brookwood Hall. Curator Beth Giacummo says if the museum is forced to make an expensive move, it may have to close its doors entirely.Some residents have taken to social networking sites to rally behind the museum. The Islip Historical Society says it also supports the museum staying put. Croci says there's no time frame in place yet on when a decision will be made about the building.

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