NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The pink slips are going to be flying in Nassau County today.

Some 300 civil service employees are being laid off and 200 county workers are being demoted as part of an effort to close a $310 million budget gap.

“This is the absolute worst process and is not something anyone wants to do,” Deputy County Executive Rob Walker told Newsday.

Nearly 100 members of the Civil Service Employee Association have accepted a voluntary retirement package worth $1,000 for each year of service, the paper reported.

“When politics run government this is what you get, the most dysfunctional government in America right here in Nassau County,” CSEA President Jerry Laricchuita told 1010 WINS.

He believes the jobs could’ve been saved with just a small tax increase and blames Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano for not being “honest and transparent” with residents.

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