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Islip Supervisor Frank Jones said he thought the intensity of the storm did not warrant evacuation and he criticized Halpin for "pushing the panic button" by issuing the decree.
Babylon Supervisor Arthur Pitts, a Democrat, agreed that evacuation was not necessary. But he denied that there were any problems in coordinating planning for the disaster between the county and the towns. "I was happy with how we were notified of the emergency order," Pitts said. "When it comes down to it, without an evacuation order adults can do what they want to do."
It wasn't until 8 a.m., though, after conferring with disaster officials, that Halpin announced to the media that he was issuing an executive order declaring an emergency. By doing so, Halpin notified county agencies to assist the towns in implementing their disaster plans. But he stopped short of ordering evacuations.