Newsday reported Thursday that Suffolk County officials have decided not to rehire a man to play Santa Claus at the county-run this year.
A county spokesman told Newsday that in face of the county's budget shortfall and with layoffs looming for 750 people, the county cannot afford to pay 83-year-old David McKell $660 to play Santa. McKell has donned the big red suit for the past nine years.
The county is now looking for volunteers to replace McKell.
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