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Pair seek election to vacant Amsterdam controller’s position

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Amsterdam’s fiscal future is being placed in the hands of voters, as two candidates vie to take the reins of the city’s Finance Department. The office of city controller has remained vacant as the city lost its credit rating this summer due to inadequate available data and its weak grasp on its finances caused a freeze on federal funding. Despite the difficult landscape, Republican Matthew A. Agresta and Democrat Irene Collins are campaigning to serve ...

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October 31, 2013
11:53 a.m.

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I can see it all coming. After refusing to change the City Charter to add a requirement that the City Controller have accounting experience, the voters will choose the candidate who has none (Mr. Agresta) & the City's books will become so badly maintained that it will be completely impossible to correct them. No bank or other financier will even consider loaning the City money for any purpose at all. In the end, the State will have to take over. A local government "perfect storm" if there ever was one.