Police overtime totals for Tuesday's presidential debate
between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney at Hofstra University are being
projected to exceed the $600,000 mark, according to reports.
Nassau County Police Insp. Kenneth Lack told Newsday
[paid link] earlier this week that the county spent approximately
$612,000 during the 2008 debate -- most of which went to overtime -- and
that he expects Tuesday's debate to exceed the previous total.
"Nassau taxpayers will be on the hook for what's estimated to exceed
$600,000 in county police overtime because no one reimburses local
municipalities for security costs.
Detectives, patrolmen, emergency-services and special operations
officers, and hazardous-materials experts will work in and around the
debate site, Hofstra's David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex,
Lack cited two additional sources of concern for
police, Newsday reported: the recent "occupy" movement and the tea
party, both of whom sit on opposite sides of the political spectrum.