Cuomo dispatches “rapid response team” to deal with 400 layoffs at Bausch & Lomb


More than a week after Bausch & Lomb announced plans to sell its company and move its headquarters out of Rochester, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today that the state will be providing help to the roughly 400 workers expected to lose their jobs.

The official sale of the venerable Rochester company to Valeant, a Canadian firm, was announced today.

bauschCuomo said that 200 workers are being fired today, with the option to leave immediately or remain through week’s end. An additional 200 are expected to be laid off through early 2014, he said.

“In New York we have a strong history of standing behind any individual faced with a devastating loss – whether it’s a natural disaster or the loss of a job, we will be there for every New Yorker,” Cuomo said in a statement.

As is the case with massive layoffs in New York, the state Labor Department sends a team of counselors to help workers find new jobs. They hold sessions, typically at the company, to help them find new employment.

Over the past two years, Cuomo said the state has assisted 15,200 workers.

Valeant said that as part of the acquisition it will move B+L’s headquarters to New Jersey.


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  1. It’s great that the state is trying to assist those that are affected by this action. However, the state can’t just create jobs to replace those that are lost, but wait, yes they can, just …..

    ALLOW GAS DEVELOPMENT! That will create 25 thousand jobs!

  2. And the right wing conservatives keep saying that govt does not create jobs…..but some say otherwise so their penny stocks go up

  3. HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller on

    Did they abolished The New York State Department of Labour?

    How much more favoritism going to continue. . . ! Just asking.

    Is this the Way of The Gentlemen in a Free Society!