N. Hempstead scraps school bracket fundraiser

Parents at a Port Washington elementary school must go back to the drawing board after town officials nixed a gambling fundraiser.

South Salem Elementary School parents organized a March Madness betting pool to raise money for computers and electronic blackboards. It cost $20 to enter.

When the parent group went to the Town of North Hempstead to get a permit, they were denied. The town says the fundraiser is illegal.

However, Supervisor Jon Kaiman says he never received a permit request for a betting pool fundraiser.

The group is now planning a different way to pay for the classroom equipment.

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