The mayor of Cranston, R.I., will try and sell retirees on pension reductions this week, saying such cuts are a better alternative for them than a city bankruptcy.

“We are not Central Falls, but we certainly can get there in a short period if we do not address this pension crisis,” Mayor Allan Fung said Tuesday, invoking the Rhode Island city that filed for bankruptcy last year in an interview ahead of Thursday’s night’s special City Council meeting on his proposal to reduce pension benefits for retirees.

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