We need Fleet Week: Rep

Civilians try on military gear with U.S. Marines

Civilians try on military gear with U.S. Marines in Times Square during Fleet Week (Credit: Civilians try on military gear with U.S. Marines in Times Square during Fleet Week. (Getty Images))

Fleet Week may be canceled, but Rep. Carolyn Maloney said Thursday she still wants sailors on the town to be celebrated and honored in NYC.

Maloney said the city could have used the economic boost Fleet Week brings after devastating events such as Superstorm Sandy. The city estimated that the festivities generate $20 million.

“It generates a big shot in the arm,” she said. “We’ve had some heavy hits in New York and one of the happy times is Fleet Week.”

The May 23-30 event costs the Navy $7-$10 million. Ships come into port and sailors and Marines pour into the streets to revel at bars and restaurants. Civilians can tour the vessels.

Maloney said she is trying to devise a way to honor service members anyway.

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