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Letter: $2M is a whole lot of traffic tickets

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Acting Nassau

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter swear new police recruits on Monday, May 5, 2014 in Mineola, at the Donald Kane Auditorium at Police Headquarters. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Newsday reported that Thomas Krumpter, Nassau County’s acting police commissioner, said the county’s total cost of the Sept. 26 presidential debate at Hofstra University could reach as much as $2 million [“Debate security could cost $2M,” News, Sept. 22]. Newsday also reported on County Executive Edward Mangano’s plan to add a $105 fee to traffic and parking tickets to help pay for police [“New $105 ticket fee,” News, Sept. 20].

Simple math tells us that it would take surcharges on 19,048 traffic and/or parking tickets to pay the county’s share of this event. Will the motorists who will pay for the debate be sent thank you notes?

I suppose we should consider ourselves lucky that presidential debates occur only once every four years.

Kenneth J. Buettner, Port Washington