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Despite speculation by some participants in the Levittown Republican Committee's golf outing Monday, the black Chevy Tahoe driven to the political fundraiser by Deputy County Comptroller James Garner was his own car, not part of the county fleet, the comptroller's office said Wednesday.
People attending the annual golf outing, hosted by Nassau Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello at the Hempstead Country Club, noticed the black SUV after an errant golf ball careened off the course and crashed through one of its rear-door windows.
Because Chevy Tahoes make up a sizable percentage of the county's fleet of taxpayer-purchased vehicles, some participants wondered if the SUV was county-owned, perhaps assigned to County Comptroller George Maragos' office, if not to Garner himself.
But Maragos spokesman Jostyn Hernandez said it is Garner's own car and emailed Newsday a copy of the state vehicle registration to prove it.
Garner, a former Hempstead Village mayor who was promoted by Maragos on Tuesday to be his chief deputy, took Monday off from his county job to attend the outing, Hernandez added.
Garner had no comment.