Letter: School district consultant a waste

Hempstead mayoral candidate Lance Clarke stands to answer

Hempstead mayoral candidate Lance Clarke stands to answer a question during a mayoral candidate's forum at the African American Museum. (March 14, 2013) Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

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Your recent article "Consultant draws fire" [News, Oct. 11] shows common sense by Roosevelt residents who protested a proposal to hire a $350-an-hour consultant to help the local school district. Critics called this idea a waste of resources. They're right. Consultants are con artists who glance at your watch and charge a high fee to give you the correct time.

I'm reminded of the 11 Science Applications International Corp. consultants who fraudulently billed New York City for more than $500 million in the City Time scandal; as well as Navigant, which is facing a federal investigation for allegedly ripping off the Long Island Power Authority; and Booz Allen Hamilton, which paid high school dropout Edward Snowden more than $122,000 a year for a job that federal employees can do better, cheaper and with much greater loyalty.

Richard Reif, Flushing


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