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Today's Debate: Lifetime Health Benefits for some Amherst Officials

Three elected positions in the Town of Amherst will continue to qualify for lifetime healthcare benefits. An attempt to stop  the perk was rejected by the town board last night, and the plan moves ahead to be studied by a committee.

Town Bd member Mark Manna said he was trying to slam the door on an extravagant benefit that is "out of whack" in his words, with what the private sector allows. But the board  voted 3-2 against the proposal to end the practice, and instead will consider it further

 If the committee approves the idea the town board could vote to allow the  Town Supervisor, town clerk  and highway superintendent to  continue to qualify for lifetime healthcare if they've held the position for at least 5 years. Manna now wants a committee to study salary and benefits for all elected officials.

Supervisor Barry Weinstein says a commitee wil study the changes before putting them in place.

Hear More On This Issue  | On The WBEN Liveline with....

Dr. Barry Weinstein MD
Amherst Town Supervisor
  Tim Hofer, Exec. Dir.
Empire Center for Public Policy

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