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. 

R Miller March 08, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Again a very good cause. My question which is being ignored is who paid for the police helicopter, overtime for the police, town workers, the cost of having the volunteer fire department to break out their toys. We do not have this money to waste anymore and it adds up to fast. Nickels become dollars and so on.
George Mulligan March 08, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I find it hard to believe there were "52,000 athletes from across Long Island" at the Polar Plunge on Saturday. I doubt the Park is big enough to handle a crowd of that magnitude.
Robert J. Pape, Jr. March 08, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Mr. Model: Your remark about "toys" is offensive to the men and women of volunteer fire departments, who continually train on those "toys" to serve and protect us. I would expect your apology for the remark. Thank you.
Nassau Taxpayer March 08, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Although "toys" is quite apropos of NCPD deploying a helicopter to a splish-splash scene.
Robert J. Pape, Jr. March 08, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Taxpayer i disagree. You are disparaging the work of those sworn to protect and serve.
Nassau Taxpayer March 08, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Then we disagree. Just for the record, of what possible use is a helicopter at a splish-splash scene?
Robert J. Pape, Jr. March 08, 2012 at 08:30 PM
We disagree. Just for the record, worst case scenario, medical transport from the vicinity (either from the event or situation happening from the Long Island Sound, Long Island Expressway, etc). Best case scenario, building public relations, public confidence and a building a sense among the public that there are dedicated professionals willing to put themselves in harms way for our safety and protection in an ever dangerous world. Again, we shall disagree. Thank you.
Nassau Taxpayer March 08, 2012 at 08:55 PM
On that basis, the beach should never be opened without a standby helo and crew or two, "out of an abundance of caution". With respect, get real.
Robert J. Pape, Jr. March 08, 2012 at 09:06 PM
With great respect, you just don't get it and most likely never will. We shall agree to disagree.
George Mulligan March 08, 2012 at 09:12 PM
I think it is good to be prepared for medical emergencies at events like this. Did anyone require medical assistance at this plunge? I would think cardiac arrest might be a possible result of jumping into freezing waters.
Nassau Taxpayer March 08, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Seriously, on what basis, what is the threshold for scrambling an NCPD helo? I'm not talking PWFD or NCPD ambulance standby, which is justified, although entrant medical waivers should also be required, I'm talking NCPD helo. What's the justification? Good PR? Photo Op? Flight time and full-stop landings necessary for maintaining aircrew qualifications?
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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