With hundreds of layoffs taking place in the state’s Unified Court System, Civil Service Employees Association President Danny Donohue is blaming Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The court system announced today that it is laying off 367 employees due to a $170 million cut in its budget this year, after previously announcing dozens of layoffs.
This is Donohue’s statement:
“Today’s layoff and displacement notices to more than 600 employees of the New York State Unified Court System are a direct consequence of bad choices in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state budget,” Donohue said in a statement. “The excessive cuts will undermine our court system and cost New Yorkers a lot more in the long run but first they will wreak havoc on the lives of hundreds of dedicated people and their families. No good can come from that.
“No one should believe this is a necessary action – a state budget that relied on cuts alone while giving tax breaks to millionaires is out of whack with good management.”
CSEA represents about 5,900 employees in the court system.
In a statement today, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said the layoffs were “painful but unavoidable.” Layoff notices given today take effect June 1.