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For Nassau County, which remains under a state financial control board, essential spending appears to include the costs of providing tips about how to have a safe Halloween.

A Halloween flier was handed out in at least some school districts in Nassau to be sent home with students.

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Entitled “Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano presents Halloween Safety Tips,” it advises such things as “Cross streets extra carefully” and “Drivers slow down...”

Michael Florio, spokesman for Nassau Democratic legislators, said Democrats had received the flier from several parents and know “for sure” it was sent home in the Baldwin and Wantagh school districts.

“While Ed Mangano assails the schools for spending too much, he has no problems peddling his taxpayer-funded political propaganda through the backpacks of Nassau’s elementary school children,” Florio said.

Press aides to Mangano, who is seeking re-election next Tuesday, did not return an email asking who paid for the flier, how much it cost and whether it was considered essential spending for a county with tight finances.