Benepe's surfing puns ("For years the hardcore surfers knew Rockaway was swell.") were about as flat as the 2- to 3-foot surf, but the hammy commish rebounded when he declared "surfing is not a crime." He also dubbed Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (not shown) the "Godmother of Surfing," Joe Addabbo (not present) "The Godfather of Surfing" and suggested renaming Arverne By The Sea "Surf City." 077p5_xlg.jpg

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