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Rick Brand is a longtime Newsday reporter who writes about politics and government on Long Island.

The second Suffolk County Marathon last fall netted $139,725 for various veterans causes, but fees for the self-sustaining race also paid for $89,000 in county overtime costs, mainly for police.

According to a legislative resolution to accept the money from the county’s local development corporation that runs the race, $71,997 will go to pay police overtime. Another $10,257 will go to OT in Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services, while $6,073 is for the health department and $1,400 for parks.

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Justin Meyers, assistant deputy police commissioner, said 58 police officers worked overtime during the race. The department also paid overtime to civilian employees, including 78 crossing guards and a tow truck operator.

Meyers also said the department also used unpaid auxiliary police to keep down overtime costs but could not say how many.