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From the desk of Hal Peterson

From the desk of Hal Peterson

Hal Peterson's Column Posts help keep you informed on key aspects of New York State government reform.

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Breaking News and Audit Findings

Breaking News and Audit Findings

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Hal's Recent Column Post

Running on Empty

I was recently asked to address why Nassau County, on Long Island in New York, one of the richest in the country, is today, and has been for years, one of the most politically and fiscally troubled municipality, by any standard of measurement. How bad?  Approximately two years ago, Newsday published an article finding many operational woes including wrongdoing, stupidity and incompetence attrib[...]

Hal's Recent Breaking News Post

How some of your money is being spent

As reported on the web site of on September 28th, total pension payout's for 394,000 retirees in state and local New York State governments (outside of NYC) reached $9.7 billion, in the fiscal year ending in March of 2015, up from $9.3 billion in the prior period. For more specific information, use their web site for more detailed information.  [...]