Reporting Mike Xirinachs
HAUPPAUGE, NY (WCBS 880) – As many as 1,400 workers on Long Island could soon lose their jobs in Suffolk and Nassau counties.
WCBS 880′s Long Island bureau chief Mike Xirinachs reports
Executives in both Long Island counties are proposing budgets that would slash hundreds of jobs, 709 in Suffolk and another 710 jobs in Nassau.
Both spending plans call for union concessions for workers to pay for part of their medical premiums.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” said a county employee who didn’t want to be identified. “Where are all those tax payer dollars that we’re spending? It shouldn’t happen.”
It’s another hit on the middle class, says that worker adding “how much more can we take?”
Nassau County faces a $310 million budget gap. County Executive Ed Mangano says the cuts are needed to balance the budget and will save $10 million annually.
If approved, the layoffs would go into effect on January 1.
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