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Polar Plunge Raises Nearly $85,000

The money benefits the Special Olympics.

The Polar Plunge raised nearly $85,000, according to Neal J. Johnson, president and CEO of the Special Olympics.

The event took place Saturday morning at , helping 52,000 Special Olympic athletes in New York.

"It was a great event to benefit our athletes on Long Island," Johnson said. "We appreciate all the good folks from the town of North Hempstead and all the plungers who went 'Freezin' For A Reason'!"

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that there are 52,000 Special Olympic athletes in New York, not at the Polar Plunge event in early March. 

joe March 09, 2012 at 01:59 AM
another smoke and mirror scam by the Kaiman clan. much like the $250000 he gave to his political supporter to have the gold coast film festival with their mansion party. in the meantime Kaiman is harassing sinior citizens to pay permit fees for boilers that were installed 40 or 50 years ago. When are we going to stand up and say enough is enough?
joe March 09, 2012 at 02:03 AM
another lie by the lier in chief. Kaiman
R Miller March 09, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Well with all this discussion on how supposebly how necessary this was to have all this equipment and personnel onsite, who paid for this? I think as taxpayer said the was just a PR stunt. Somehow when I see the polar plunge at Coney Island they do not have a helicopter and all the other paraphernalia and they have thousands of people doing it. As the old saying goes "There is something rotten in the TONH" If the Town was to showboat how about letting a homeowner get a fence permit under 90 days.
R Miller March 09, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Pape stop with the holier than thou. I was a firefighter in the Bronx during the 70;s and early 80's. As a result I think I can call it what I want. I know training is important but I also know it is important not to waste taxpayer dollars.
Robert J. Pape, Jr. March 09, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Mr. Model: If in fact you were a member of New York's bravest, you should know better. Try and keep your remarks respectful and on topic.Your personal bitterness has no place in the public forum. Thank you.

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