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Albany, NY - Paterson To Cut 100,000 State Workers for 1 Day a Week

Published on: May 4, 2010 04:34 PM
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Albany, NY - New York Governor David Paterson said his next emergency spending bill will furlough 100,000 state workers for one day a week to help keep the government operating in the absence of a budget.

The furloughs, which would save about $30 million a week, come after the Democratic governor’s decision to withhold a 4 percent pay increase from about 130,000 state employees since April 1. Both measures are intended to reduce outlays while New York lawmakers debate a $9.2 billion deficit for the year that began April 1.

“I have decided I will include the furloughs in the next week’s emergency appropriations,” Paterson, 55, said at a press conference today in Albany, the capital. “Collective sacrifice is preferable to individual layoffs.”

The governor of the third-largest state by population said public employee unions brought on the furloughs by spurning other measures that would save $250 million. As long as the state lacks a budget, the unions’ contracts aren’t binding, Paterson has said. The unions have said they’ll go to court.

Leaders of the Senate and the Assembly, both Democrats, disagree on a plan to close the budget gap, leaving Paterson to propose weekly spending bills that lawmakers can’t amend or replace with their own. Neither chamber’s spending plan called for spending cuts as large as the $6.1 billion Paterson has proposed.

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 May 04, 2010 at 04:39 PM magician Says:

watch the smoke and mirrors here ...any curtains?

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 May 04, 2010 at 05:15 PM Anonymous Says:

we dont work on shabbos and therefore we dont get paid . why is this different?

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 May 04, 2010 at 05:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Whats the bid deal. Its only one day a week and the state is broke and has no other way to raise the money to pay these people. Further, think of how much additional money we will save for each day these bureaucrats never get to the office to waste our tax dollar. Thus, we save even more.

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 May 04, 2010 at 06:01 PM Anonymous Says:

How about the opposite work 1 day a week and take off 6 days. It will save a lot of money for the citizens of NY.

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 May 04, 2010 at 06:18 PM UNION MEMBER Says:

The employees have a contract with the State and he can't legally furlough employees without their consent. He can furlough the Senate and Assembly members since they don't have a contract.

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 May 04, 2010 at 06:20 PM Anonymous Says:

let him start with his own staff.
and while he is at it, let him get rid of all the people working for his wife.
wasted state money.

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 May 04, 2010 at 07:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
UNION MEMBER Says:

The employees have a contract with the State and he can't legally furlough employees without their consent. He can furlough the Senate and Assembly members since they don't have a contract.

The contract is meaningless if there is no money to pay the employees. If they want, the state can declare bankruptcy, reject the contracts and pension fund obligations entirely and ask the court to impose new contract terms. Once and for all these public sector employees need to feel the pain the rest of us feel.

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 May 04, 2010 at 07:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Whats the bid deal. Its only one day a week and the state is broke and has no other way to raise the money to pay these people. Further, think of how much additional money we will save for each day these bureaucrats never get to the office to waste our tax dollar. Thus, we save even more.

These sacrifices are not being asked of the bureaucrats. It's being demanded of (mostly) people who make 20-40 thousand dollars a year, the people who actually do the work. What will you say when it takes 20% longer to fix a bridge, pave a road, get a license or registration, or take a bus or train?

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 May 04, 2010 at 07:54 PM look in the mirror Says:

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Anonymous Says:

These sacrifices are not being asked of the bureaucrats. It's being demanded of (mostly) people who make 20-40 thousand dollars a year, the people who actually do the work. What will you say when it takes 20% longer to fix a bridge, pave a road, get a license or registration, or take a bus or train?

That's actually YOUR obligation - to vote for a COMPETENT candidate. If you can't even do that, and keep on voting for whomever buys the most TV ads, don't go around complaining about them not working.

If Paterson was running again, he would definitely get my vote. He is the only sane man in the corridors of Albany.

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 May 04, 2010 at 08:05 PM Milhouse Says:

Reply to #5  
UNION MEMBER Says:

The employees have a contract with the State and he can't legally furlough employees without their consent. He can furlough the Senate and Assembly members since they don't have a contract.

The legislature can do whatever it likes. It can amend or abrogate the contract, and what are you going to do about it? A state can't be sued without its consent.

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 May 04, 2010 at 09:40 PM fedup11210 Says:

As a state employee i disagree with most of your comments. i am not a bureacrat but a hard working parent trying to pay his bills like the rest of you. don't believe that every one who works for the government have it easy. a one day a week furlough blows a big hole in my already stretched budget.

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 May 04, 2010 at 09:43 PM RETIRED Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

The contract is meaningless if there is no money to pay the employees. If they want, the state can declare bankruptcy, reject the contracts and pension fund obligations entirely and ask the court to impose new contract terms. Once and for all these public sector employees need to feel the pain the rest of us feel.

Bankrupcy may void the contracts, but our State penions are guaranteed under the NY State consitution. Let them void all those high cost contracts with the overpriced politicaly connected consultants.

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 May 04, 2010 at 09:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
look in the mirror Says:

That's actually YOUR obligation - to vote for a COMPETENT candidate. If you can't even do that, and keep on voting for whomever buys the most TV ads, don't go around complaining about them not working.

If Paterson was running again, he would definitely get my vote. He is the only sane man in the corridors of Albany.

The bureaucrats are not the ones who are voted into office----they are the ones who are appointed by the elected officials. Most of the political appointees make over $150,000 a year and are doing very little---yet their secretaries, the guys in the mailroom, and the janitors are asked to sacrifice their pitiful salaries, not the big guys. While people in NYC won't feel the pinch, those of us upstate know that the 20% cut in state worker salaries represents a huge chunk of the local budgets.

Patterson was never elected to this office. He has been part of the political machine his whole life (as son of Basil Patterson), and now is getting millions of dollars from the Wal-Mart family, among other special interests.

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 May 05, 2010 at 12:58 AM AuthenticSatmar Says:

This is just a way to squeeze the unions to pressure the legislators to act. Since he's declared he's not running he's not cornered by any union and can make logical decisions.
New York needs to break the unions. Gov't employees are making large salaries with huge benefit packages while the rest of us suffer under increased taxes and other revenue generating schemes.

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 May 05, 2010 at 10:10 AM Anonymous Says:

The best news yet. Something positive. How long can we survive with run a way costs, unfunded pensions, salaries, etc.?

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 May 05, 2010 at 12:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
AuthenticSatmar Says:

This is just a way to squeeze the unions to pressure the legislators to act. Since he's declared he's not running he's not cornered by any union and can make logical decisions.
New York needs to break the unions. Gov't employees are making large salaries with huge benefit packages while the rest of us suffer under increased taxes and other revenue generating schemes.

Guess what? The $28,000 dollar a year state clerk is also paying taxes and suffering from the same revenue generating schemes. He or she is taking a 20% tax cut but the real waste--- the appointees and consultants Patterson put in by the thousands who make huge money aren't losing a penny. He exempted them from the furloughs!

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 May 06, 2010 at 02:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
fedup11210 Says:

As a state employee i disagree with most of your comments. i am not a bureacrat but a hard working parent trying to pay his bills like the rest of you. don't believe that every one who works for the government have it easy. a one day a week furlough blows a big hole in my already stretched budget.

And there are MANY more of us in this persons shoes!!!!

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 May 07, 2010 at 07:13 PM State Worker Says:

Not all of us make 6 figure salaries. I live paycheck to paycheck just like everyone else. Why doesn't everyone stop knocking union workers. EVERYONE can take a civil service exam but chose not to. Look at our elected officials, who make 3x what i make and can't even put a budget together.

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