The mayors of towns near MetLife Stadium, where next year's Super Bowl will be played, said they are fed up with shouldering the burden of overtime costs for emergency personnel at the Meadowlands.
In a three-page press release detailing his frustration, Mayor Michael J. Gonnelli of Secaucus, N.J., said his and other local towns have no interest in providing emergency personnel during next year's Super Bowl.
Secaucus is one of the New Jersey towns located near the Meadowlands and MetLife Stadium, home of the Jets and Giants football teams and the location for the 2014 Super Bowl.
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As first reported by NJ.com, Gonnelli said in the press release that his town and others near the stadium get "no love" from the Jets and Giants when it comes to paying for services like police, fire and other emergency personnel.
"The stadium, owned by the New York Jets and the New York Giants, has done little to help offset any costs for the surrounding communities when larger events occur," the press release says.
"With one of the world's largest sporting events coming to the East Rutherford venue there is little doubt that the mayors (of surrounding towns) will be expecting a call that their services are needed. Their answer will be clear, 'Don't ask.'"
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"The teams have never been good corporate neighbors to the region," Mayor William Roseman of Carlstadt, N.J., said.
The Giants, Jets and state Sports and Exposition Authority responded to the mayors, criticizing them for not raising their concerns sooner, according to NorthJersey.com. Deadspin reported that the Giants have said they are willing to discuss the mayors' worries.
The press release said that every football game, concert and other event at MetLife Stadium is "nothing more than a nightmare to the towns."
A particular sticking point is the overtime expenses surrounding towns accrue during big events. These costs, the press release says, are covered by taxpayers, not the teams. The press release does not specify how much it would cost the towns to provide emergency personnel.
The press release concludes, "While we enjoyed Super Bowl XLVII, it is becoming more and more apparent that the frustration and anger of the local mayors of the meadowlands is growing and the first cold weather Super Bowl may be their loudest statement that they are not taking it anymore."
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