BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. (AP) — He’s not quite Santa Claus, but a businessman has saved a Christmas tradition in his suburban New York hometown.

The Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Bedford Hills was canceled after the town neighborhood association learned about a week ago that it would have to pay for police officers to handle traffic control. The town traditionally paid, but Police Chief William Hayes says a new policy requires organizations to cover such costs for special events.

The association concluded it had too little time to raise money to pay the $750 cost before the Dec. 4 event. But then resident David Singer agreed to cover the expense.

The Robison Oil executive says he drives by the tree every day.

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