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NORCO: County hit by cyber attacks; grant tabled

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Northampton County is hit by an average of 27,000 cyber attacks daily, according to Executive Lamont McClure. On election day, there were 1.4 million attacks. None succeeded, McClure reported to county council at its Nov. 15 meeting. He said most of the attacks originated from Ukraine. He added that the county currently blocks 44 counties.

In other business, council voted 7-2 to table a $20,000 grant of table game taxes for the restoration of the 187-foot tall steeple at Easton’s First United Church of Christ. Voting yes were John Cusick, Peg Ferraro, Bill McGee, Matt Dietz, Kevin Lott, Bob Werner and Lori Vargo Heffner. Voting no were council President Ron Heckman and Tara Zrinski.

The previous day, council solicitor Chris Spadoni advised council that the proposed grant appears to be consistent with the Establishment Clause. But council members, particularly Heckman and Dietz, expressed concern that the county is buying a lawsuit.

Though the resolution has been tabled, the grant is still a part of the budget. A budget amendment is needed to remove the grant in its entirety.