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The city accumulated $18 million in debt between 2008 and 2012. I applaud residents for their resistance to the program and their concern about the economic future of their city. At a time when Long Beach has so much debt and the economic situation remains precarious, this would be a huge step in the wrong direction.

Al D’Amato, a former U.S. senator from New York, is the founder of Park Strategies LLC, a public policy and business development firm. Comments about this column? ADAmato@liherald.com.


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For once I can agree with you Al we use way to many consultant contractors as it is to do IT work for the government and corporations.

An example that got very little play on the news is that much of the code target was using for the IT security was written in Russia. By farming this out we have lost control over who had our data, I'm sure these companies are not doing background checks on these off-shore consultants. By cutting costs and using outside consultants instead of hiring Americans they have but our personal security at risk, and who knows what other security is at risk. Since the Chinese, North Koreans, Iranians and all of our other enemies are constantly trying to hack into our infrastructure and see if they can wreck havick on us.

As to the pensions in Long Beach they council was totally wrong they should be going in the opposite direction and making it harder and longer to collect a pension. Pensions should be for people making under 75k a year once you make above that you get an IRA like everyone else. This should include all public employees COPS and Teachers on Long Island are going to kill us with pension costs in the very near future

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