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New Haven Files Lawsuit Over Illegal Motorcycle Rally

NBC Connecticut

The City of New Haven has filed a lawsuit against a group that police say held an illegal motorcycle rally last year.

The lawsuit was filed against EastCoastin Entertainment, LLC, EastCoastin Enterprises, LLC, event organizer Gabriel Canestri Jr., Salvatore Fusco, and C&D Investments, LLC.

The city hopes to recover more than $80,000 it spent during the rally last September to maintain public safety.

Motorcyclists came out to the 16th annual Don's Hat Rack Motor Rally in Hamden to support children overcoming cancer treatment and to honor the memory of Don Perrotti.

More than 5,000 people showed up for the event, despite warnings by New Haven police and Mayor Justin Elicker not to attend the event.

“When you put New Haven residents’ public safety at risk through flagrant, reckless, and unlawful acts like Eastcoastin did with their illegal motorcycle rally, the City of New Haven will hold you accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker said in a statement.

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