Paterson Warns of Massive Layoffs to Balance Budget

July 30, 2010 Updated Jul 30, 2010 at 5:30 PM EDT

By WKBW Internet

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July 30, 2010 Updated Jul 30, 2010 at 5:30 PM EDT

ALBANY, NY (WKBW) - State lawmakers will be back in Albany on Tuesday for another special session in an effort to pass the long overdue state budget.

Thursday, Governor Paterson warned that he will have to lay off at least 1,000 state workers to help balance the budget, according to the New York Daily News.

Paterson blasted the public employee union for rejecting his call for furloughs and other concessions that would have avoided layoffs, though union officials say the governor is obligated to honor the no-layoff agreement.

Lawmakers recently met in Albany on Wednesday, though were unable to make any head-way on a budget as a number of state Democrats were unable to attend the special session.

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