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Does Al Qaeda Summer in Sag Harbor?

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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TERROR CENTRAL? Sag Harbor

Homeland Security may finally answer the call to defend New York's largest summertime celebrity petting zoo: the Hamptons!

The village of Sag Harbor in New York is seeking more than $250,000 to keep terrorists away from its yacht-packed marina, home port for boats owned by rap moguls Diddy and Russell Simmons, piano man Billy Joel, and knee-high Nascar jockey Jeff Gordon. According to the New York Post, the town wants $100,000 from the Department of Homeland Security and another $160,000 from the state for a high-tech command center, surveillance cameras, a patrol boat, and training for dockworkers.

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"This never should have gone public," grumbled Mayor Greg Ferraris to RadarOnline.com about the minor press frenzy over his request for hard-earned taxpayer dollars (a matter of public record). "But it's a sign of the times. We're just trying to be proactive and preparing for anything that may come down the line."

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