Huntington Station - (WALK) You think he'd know more about zoning. The entrepreneurial event planner accused of throwing a party for more than 550 guests in a dangerous, abandoned warehouse in Huntington Station is a former candidate for Town Council.
Richard Hall (photo), 47, of New York Avenue, Huntington Station, is charged with criminal nuisance for appropriating a warehouse behind 1026 New York Avenue for a party Friday evening. Police crashed the scene at about 10:30 p.m., placed Hall under arrest, and notified the Town of Huntington fire marshal's office.
The building does not have fire alarms nor sprinklers, several windows were boarded up, and the exits were inadequate for the large crowd of partiers, according to investigators.
Hall is reportedly employed as a laborer for the Town of Huntington, and ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Huntington Town Council. Investigators say he has a police record for charges including drugs and weapons possession, menacing, assault, and stealing the campaign signs of the rival party (GOP).
Hall was arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip Saturday and was released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to return to court November 7.
Photo: Suffolk Police