Paterson To Lay Off 898 State Workers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP / 1010 WINS / WCBS 880) — New York Gov. David Paterson says he will send layoff notices to 898 state workers scheduled to lose their jobs by the end of the year.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports

“I think that we are still in a recession in New York,” Paterson said. “New York lags, traditionally, 18-24 months behind the rest of the country. You can’t spend money that you don’t have.”

The announcement was immediately met with outrage from public worker unions that have promised they’ll sue to stop any cuts. The unions cite a legal memo signed by Paterson under a new pension plan agreement that guaranteed no layoffs before Dec. 31, the last day of Paterson’s term.

The layoffs represent less than 1 percent of the 130,000 state workers under the governor’s control. The layoffs include  150 in the Department of Environmental Conservation, 140 in transportation, 130 in parks, 90 in state police and 80 in motor vehicles.

“The lay off will still come on my watch,” Paterson said. “I did not want Attorney General Cuomo or Mr. Paladino to have to take a layoff plan that I imposed on them.”

The Democrat says Thursday the cuts are needed because union leaders have refused to make any concessions, including delaying 4 percent raises, to address the state’s deficit.

The state’s total work force is nearly 200,000.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • edy

    Finally the NY taxpayers can save some money from these overbloated salaries….

  • sk

    people don’t have jobs yet, at the same time the cost of livong is going up. we are in the middle of crisis and nothing is being done to help the people.

  • Chrisie Shaw

    It should say 899 instead of 898 as he is going to very shortly be number 899. Good riddance and don’t let the door hit ya on the way out.

  • RichWeksberg

    He’s being laid off pretty soon

  • Linda

    Patterson just cannot stay out of the limelight. Start packing Mister.

  • Frank L.

    The unions should NOT agree to any more Memoranda of Understanding in future
    Contracts. Obviously the Governor can’t be trusted to honor a prior agreement,
    which has always been considered part of the Contract. Also, why are
    deputy commissioners getting salary increases during a hiring freeze, while the
    Governor seeks to withhold legitimate Contract raises from rank and file employees?

  • Greg

    Although it is sad for someone to get laidoff, how much savings can possibly come from this. They need to look at the BIGWIGS making large amounts of $$$$. That is where the savings will be. This is just a joke….

  • steve

    way to go paterson, you now have my vote. don’t stop there. :)

  • joe NY

    Hey, Maybe if he had lower state income taxes and people like Rush Limbaugh stayed in NYS, he could have kept these workers. Anyone with money is running out of here

  • The Truth

    They should lay off a lot more than that. Talk about welfare its them and that includes cops, firemen and teachers. Overpaid and underworked and still complaining! No wonder the US is going downhill! Wise up and be thankful! You are no better than the French which most American so hate!

    • Johnny

      Roger that. Finally, someone telling it like it is.

    • JAy JAy

      His actions are pure racist.

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