ALBANY, NY (WKBW) -- Governor Paterson revealed Tuesday that he is working on a plan that would lay off thousands of state and public employees in an effort to balance the state's financial deficit.
This news comes less than a week after a judge ruled that Paterson could not furlough state workers in an effort to cut costs.
In a press conference in Albany Tuesday, Paterson said that he hopes to have his plan for layoffs ready for January 1, 2011, for the next governor to be able use.
Paterson noted that the state had ran out of money three times during the economic crisis, and as recently as today, forcing the governor to hold payments to schools and towns to cover the deficit.
Paterson called this plan the 'last resort' to get the previously agreed $250 million in workforce reductions from state employees.
Lawmakers continue to face a $9.2 billion deficit this year as they work to complete a budget that is now two-months late.
CSEA President Danny Donohue released the following statement in response to the Governor's proposal:
"It is unfortunate that Governor David Paterson continues to engage in threats and counterproductive rhetoric instead of focusing on securing a budget that will work for all the people of New York.
It's also interesting that the Governor is making his threats against dedicated state employees at the same time that Kelly Services is advertising for temporary jobs to work in state agencies despite a state hiring freeze and other drastic measures being put forth."
Watch the video for excerpts from Governor Paterson's address Tuesday.