Cops: Woman Left ‘Racist’ Message With Amityville Baptist Church

A 66-year-old Farmingdale woman was charged with a hate crime Thursday after the pastor of a Baptist church in Amityville reported receiving a “racist and alarming telephone message,” Suffolk County police said.

Elisa Pellino was arrested at her home Thursday and charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime.

Police said the pastor of New Hope Institutional Baptist Church on Harrison Avenue reported receiving the alleged racist message on Wednesday. Hate Crime unit detectives were notified and initiated an investigation, police said.

A police spokesman Thursday night said he did not have information regarding the content of the message.

Pellino is being held overnight at the Fourth Precinct and will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip.