Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman sponsored a resolution in the legislature that would authorize the county to transfer a surplus of Blackberry smartphones and other telephone devices to The Retreat, Inc., an East Hampton-based not-for-profit providing domestic violence resources to residents throughout the East End.
On November 20, that legislation was unanimously approved and last week Schneiderman met with Jeffrey Friedman, the executive director of The Retreat, to present him with the first batch of phones.
“I am pleased I was able to assist The Retreat in obtaining surplus cell phones and other telephone accessories,” said Schneiderman. “The phones will be provided to clients for use in case of an emergency.”
The Retreat’s mission is to provide safety, shelter and support for victims of domestic abuse and to break the cycle of family violence, aiding thousands across the East End annually.