More Details About Layoffs In New York State Government

04.09.09 | FL News Team

More details have been released on Governor Paterson's plan to cut the state workforce by nearly nine-thoursand. Just over two-thousand positions would be eliminated from the Correctional Services Agency, over 14-hundred at the Office of Mental Retardation, and one-thousand-54 from Mental Health.

Those figures are from the State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, which is condemning the layoffs.  Union President Donn Rowe says the action flies in the face of Paterson's promise not to jeopardize public safety while making job cuts.

Speaking from the Public Employee Federation offices, CSEA President Danny Donohue had some choice words for the governor, saying Mr. Paterson  "needs a good psychiatrist." Donohue believes the governor has violated labor standards by sending the letter of job cuts directly to state employees. Both men say their unions will not give up their contracts.

Governor Paterson has said the state needs to make tough choices to get through the fiscal crisis. All of the layoffs he has proposed are in departments under his office's control.