PEF Begins Anti-Layoff Campaign

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The Public Employees Federation is attacking the plan to layoff nearly 900 state workers by the end of the year in a series of print, Web and television ads that began today.

“PEF recognizes the seriousness of the current economic crisis, but Gov. David Paterson’s plan to lay off nearly 1,000 state employees has the potential to seriously hamper services on which New York taxpayers rely,” said PEF President Kenneth Brynien in a statement. “The ads point out the state work force has already been cut by 11,500 jobs since 2008. It’s time for the governor to ask himself which state services he is willing to tell taxpayers they must do without.”

The campaign’s ads can be viewed here.

Paterson, who leaves office at the end of the year, has been trying to move ahead with the layoff plan before successor Andrew Cuomo takes over.

Cuomo, who will likely have to consider layoffs as well as cuts to education aid and Medicaid as part of his plan to close a $9.2 billion deficit for 2011-12, plans to counterpunch ad campaigns like this with money from his own campaign coffers.

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