EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — With Nassau County struggling to close a $310 million budget gap, one county lawmaker is calling for the cancellation of Sunday’s antique car show at Eisenhower Park.
Legislator Kevan Abrahams calls the “Cruise To The Show” Parade And Car Show a frivolous expense.
Abrahams says the show will cost the County $75,000 in police overtime.
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Over 1,000 vehicles are scheduled to follow the parade route for the show, heading south on Stewart Avenue to Hempstead Turnpike before ending at Eisenhower Park, beginning at 9AM.
“As a car enthusiast, I am very excited to once again host this great event. This year, the ‘Cruise to the Show’ has expanded to include a variety of different activities for everyone to enjoy and will also benefit two great local organizations,” said County Executive Mangano.
“If you have a car that you want to show off, or if you just want to enjoy the classic, fast, and unique cars, I invite you to come and spend a beautiful day at Eisenhower Park.”
Attendees are asked to bring two cans of non-perishable foods to support Island Harvest.
A Mangano spokesman says the event is funded by the hotel tax but will not cost taxpayers any money. Abrahams, however, says the funds would be better spent to keep museums open.
“The Hotel/Motel Tax also goes towards the funding of museums, the very service that the County is looking to cut. It’s a shell game in their mind,” the spokesman said.
Abrahams said County Executive Ed Mangano should be looking to control costs.
This week, Mangano proposed a budget with painful cuts including more than 700 layoffs.
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