Paladino: Layoffs now!

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NYS Gubernatorial Candidate Paladino says Paterson "Sticking to a foolish deal."

June 22, 2010, Buffalo, NY — Carl Paladino (pictured), a Buffalo businessman and Republican candidate for Governor of New York, called upon Governor David Paterson to drop an unenforceable agreement with the state's employee unions and layoff state workers hired while the private sector shed jobs.

"New Yorkers have had enough of the Albany three-step: one step forward, two steps back," Paladino said. "It is time for Gov. Paterson to stop this dance and cut the fat in state government staff ranks – especially the political hacks woven into the fabric of the bureaucracy."

A 2009 memorandum of understanding Gov. Paterson's representative signed with unions secured a no-layoffs pledge from the Governor in exchange for the unions' support for a Tier V pension plan. The dubious memorandum was never ratified by the legislature, so the document holds no legal merit and leaves the door open for staffing cutbacks.

Also, while Paterson's no-layoff pledge was with two of the state's major unions, there are some 10 other labor groups that were not party to the agreement. All should be notified of layoffs.

"This MOU, signed only by a Paterson staffer, holds no water and therefore can no longer stall the inevitable – it is time to layoff State employees," Paladino said. "Cigarette taxes, robbing the dead and other gutless fixes to this mess are all on the backs of taxpayers, adding insult to injury."

After a recent judicial setback in a suit brought by those same union leaders over his furlough plan, Paterson suggested that he was not ready to overturn the unratified memorandum. But he did not take that option off the table.

"The Governor shouldn't have agreed to never layoff workers – the last fix for any cash-strapped enterprise – in the midst of a profound economic downturn," Paladino said. "Now he's sticking to a foolish deal."

"While business leaders across the state make painful cuts our government still grows," Paladino said. "Last year New York lost 274,000 private sector jobs while the State created thousands of jobs in the bureaucracy."

"Creating State jobs while taxpayers remain unemployed is a slap in the face to the people and it is time for David Paterson to set it right – start cutting jobs now," Paladino said. "Any other move now is gubernatorial malpractice."

Carl Paladino, a successful real estate developer and attorney, declared his candidacy for Governor of New York in April. He and his Lieutenant Governor candidate, Tom Ognibene, are petitioning their way into the Republican Primary and canvassing to create a Tea Party-oriented second ballot line. To learn more, visit www.PaladinoforthePeople.com.

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