Levy seeks authority to layoff hundreds of workers

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy now aims to eliminate 675 county positions to save $30 million in budget cuts, a move a committee agreed Tuesday to send to the full Legislature for a vote next week. Full Story
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Idolatry

Rocky Point, NY

#1 Apr 21, 2009
Steve Levy is Doing a Great Job! Making the tough decisions is never easy and it takes a MAN to do it! Keep up the good work!
been there

Patchogue, NY

#2 Apr 21, 2009
County employees just don't get it.

Take the lag and be happy you have a job!
Just the facts

Hauppauge, NY

#3 Apr 21, 2009
How convenient that they tabled the bill requiring the same concession from exempt employees. Nothing like taking care of your own.

Levy wonders why the unions don't want to cooperate.
Don Cabo

Huntington Station, NY

#4 Apr 21, 2009
Steve Levy is trying to win the Pat Halpin award for incompetent politicians, when all else fails blame all your budget problems on the workers. Maybe you can follow in Halpin's footprints -- never elected again! Good Luck Steve.
She-epples

New York, NY

#5 Apr 21, 2009
Just the facts wrote:
How convenient that they tabled the bill requiring the same concession from exempt employees. Nothing like taking care of your own.
Levy wonders why the unions don't want to cooperate.
Because its a lose lose situation for them.. take a pay decrease or lose your job. why is it that people who work for the state/government think they have job security?
LI Alumni

Milford, CT

#6 Apr 21, 2009
More leadership by intimidation. Isn't it amazing how all of the union exempt employees are even going to be asked to do a lag payroll. More Steve Levy doublespeak. Go ahead Steve, cut some more. When there is no one left to intimidate, who will you lord over then? Nice Job Steve, you've destroyed a really good workforce, apparently you were sleeping when the Dale Carnegie course gave the section on PEOPLE SKILLS!
BooshMaster2009

Hauppauge, NY

#7 Apr 21, 2009
It's just putting part of the budget problem off for another year. Unions are what mess up the budget, with their horrible employees and absurd benefits and pay.
BooshMaster2009

Hauppauge, NY

#8 Apr 21, 2009
She-epples wrote:
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Because its a lose lose situation for them.. take a pay decrease or lose your job. why is it that people who work for the state/government think they have job security?
Because they do, they can repeatly mess up, not show up, and get away with so much more shit than in the private sector. Hell, already government employees get a larger raise per year than the private sector, better benefits, vacation/comp/sick time ... god forbid the economy hits any of you government workers! That would be a shame!
DRC

New Milford, NJ

#9 Apr 21, 2009
How can you cosider laying off these workers when they are the backbone of your tax paying public.Stop picking on the middle class and consider other cuts and waste as in our overpaid PD department
FAIR AND BALANCED

Carle Place, NY

#10 Apr 21, 2009
Times are tuff and we need leaders who make the hard decisions, not winers without any solutions only criticism.
baddabing

United States

#11 Apr 21, 2009
So let me get this straight. 130 million dollars sitting in a rainy day fund (that really equates to being overtaxed for the last 5 years) and now services have to be cut to make payroll? Maybe we should sell all that "open space" Levy's been patting himself on the back for the last few years.... Simple household rule: "Don't spend if you can't afford." Especially if your going to turn down millions in stimulus money. Money we all paid into. When are the sheep who support this idiot going to realize this county is a sinking ship and him being a pig-headed bully just isn't going to work for us.
Get Real

Wantagh, NY

#12 Apr 21, 2009
Maybe its time to have a Long Island executive instead of two county executives. It seems as if Levy is willing to play hardball with the civil service unions, beat them at their game, and save taxpayers money. If only this was true in Nassau.
jim

New York, NY

#13 Apr 21, 2009
They should GIVE BACK mony or lose thier jobs just like everyone in the PRIVATE sector has had to deal with.
NoMasNoMas

Coram, NY

#14 Apr 21, 2009
No Mas Senor Levy, take my paycheck, take my benefits but pleeeeease no lay me off Senor Levy!!!! Please dont close the hospitalk and the prenatal care, please dont raise the property taxe 10 per family to compensate for YOUR shortcomings
Southbound

Overland Park, KS

#15 Apr 21, 2009
"How can I go ahead and cast a vote when I don't know what's going to happen to prenatal teenage care, to the HIV service," he said. "How can you go ahead and ask me to cast that vote?" said Legis Kennedy.
Well Mr. Kennedy, if you can't figure out that you work for the taxpayers and the taxpayers need you to do this, then we'll find someone who does understand it. You Mr. Kennedy can count on the votes of prenatal teens.
It is what it is

Hampton Bays, NY

#16 Apr 21, 2009
She-epples wrote:
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Because its a lose lose situation for them.. take a pay decrease or lose your job. why is it that people who work for the state/government think they have job security?
You miss the entire point genius. Union members have to make concessions, but management doesn't have to. I thought real leaders led by example.
Railroad Pete

Las Vegas, NV

#17 Apr 21, 2009
O.k......Let's play ball....
The Yankees, with PUBLIC bond money and the Mets both sap the taxpayer for ballparks that only middle aged men who work for ESPN can get juiced up over, and the city and the state has money for that......
The recession (cue organ music): Long Island, you have been crying foul for years now! Thank you, thank you for only laying off a couple of hundred men and woman, who have names, houses, illness, and are not just "WORKERS" in the name of the recession, that catch all to cover up years of government waste on wars we didn't want or need, billions to countries who spit on us, millions to health care and housing of people who cross our boarders without so much as a hello, and now you want to lay off hundreds, whose only offense was to get up every morning to go to work and pay their taxes, and make Long Island a better place to live......
As for a "lag payroll"...what the you know what happened to Unions? Is this the same group that once had men like Jimmy Hoffa and Victor Ruskle? Who is this-so called Union working for? Not the common man.......It begs the question....WHO?
Is New York that sorry? The once great state is begging on its knees while men in silly uniforms hit a small hard ball around a two billion dollar park? Is the Statue of Liberty up for sale next?
pro union

AOL

#18 Apr 21, 2009
DRC wrote:
How can you cosider laying off these workers when they are the backbone of your tax paying public.Stop picking on the middle class and consider other cuts and waste as in our overpaid PD department
Wow it took only an hour for some fat lazy %$#^ to complain about a Cops salary. Please before you whine maybe you should walk or even better jump in the back seat one day for a ride along. I guarantee you wouldnt think that after dealing with the idiots like yourself for 8 hours a day...
It is what it is

Hampton Bays, NY

#19 Apr 21, 2009
Don Cabo wrote:
Steve Levy is trying to win the Pat Halpin award for incompetent politicians, when all else fails blame all your budget problems on the workers. Maybe you can follow in Halpin's footprints -- never elected again! Good Luck Steve.
He doesn't need to be elected again. Like Halpin, 4 years in office = a lifetime of political patronage jobs.
Southbound

Overland Park, KS

#20 Apr 21, 2009
LI Alumni wrote:
More leadership by intimidation. Isn't it amazing how all of the union exempt employees are even going to be asked to do a lag payroll. More Steve Levy doublespeak. Go ahead Steve, cut some more. When there is no one left to intimidate, who will you lord over then? Nice Job Steve, you've destroyed a really good workforce, apparently you were sleeping when the Dale Carnegie course gave the section on PEOPLE SKILLS!
The reason Levy gets reelected with the numbers he gets is because he does have people skills.... he recognizes that he is a representitive of the Suffolk County tax payer. Those are the people Levy works for.... not CSEA Union people. They are the workers.(so to speak)

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