State Worker Layoffs Could Reach 10,000

January 21, 2011 Updated Jan 21, 2011 at 7:30 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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January 21, 2011 Updated Jan 21, 2011 at 7:30 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - 10,000 state workers could be out of work under a plan being considered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, lawmakers said.

Cuomo is preparing his first budget proposal which is scheduled to be delivered to the Legislature on February 1.

On a stop in Jamestown earlier this month, Cuomo talked about the need to reduce the size of government, including right-sizing the state workforce.

Public employee unions are responding to the news. CSEA, one of the largest state unions, released a statement on its Web site:

"CSEA has repeatedly made clear our interest in working constructively with the new governor to address New York's challenges," the statement said.

Some lawmakers said Cuomo is planning to use a similar tactic employed by his predecessor Gov. David Paterson to get his budget passed.

Paterson included cuts in emergency spending bills, that if were not approved, would have resulted in the shutdown of state government.

"Unfortunately it's not going to be pretty," State Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo) said. "Everything is on the table, across the board."

"It's going to be contentious," said Assemblyman Sam Hoyt (D-Buffalo). "I stand by Gov. Cuomo and his attempts to take bold and serious steps."

In addition to layoffs, deep cuts in both Medicaid and education are also expected.

The state is facing a $10 billion budget gap in the new fiscal year which begins on April 1.