Paterson Ordering Up to 8,900 Layoffs, Blaming Unions

ALBANY—David Paterson just left an event to honor women leaders without taking questions from reporters about reported layoffs.
The layoffs were detailed in a memo sent to state agency commissioners by Dennis Whalen, director of state operations.
Last fall, public employee unions said they would not open their contracts, as Paterson and other state leaders searched for ways to save money. Whalen writes in the memo that it “left the state with no other option to achieve needed savings other than implementing a Workforce Reduction Plan. This plan is expected to result in a state workforce reduction equivalent to approximately 8,900 employees.

Paterson Ordering Up to 8,900 Layoffs, Blaming Unions