Furloughs and You (updated)
May 12th, 2010

Wondering how the furlough of 100,000 state workers could affect your life? Well, if you need help with your state taxes you won’t be able to call the New York State Department of Taxes and Finance’s help line on May 21. The department has announced that their call center will be closed for the day due to furloughs.

“While the furlough will impact some services provided to the public, the Department determined that a single furlough day would be the least disruptive to taxpayers seeking services through our call centers,” reads a release from the department. “The Department receives the lowest volume of incoming calls on Fridays and there are no major tax filing deadlines scheduled for May 21.” The release recommends using the tax department’s web site if you need assistance.

Update: You could have some serious trouble finding an open Department of Motor Vehicles location on May 21 as well.

Feels a little bit like state government is falling apart doesn’t it?

Meanwhile, Gov. David Paterson has rescinded raises given to some of his staffers after outrage grew that Paterson would hand out raises while taking one day of work a week away from 100,000 state workers. Morgan Hook, Paterson’s spokesman has defended the raises saying the employees who received them had taken on a larger work load. Hook also called on Union workers to give up their raises.

Western New York Assemblyman Sam Hoyt is furloughing his staff in solidarity with furloughed state workers.

“I wont stand idly by while the Governor engages in political gamesmanship with the lives of ordinary New Yorkers,” said Hoyt in a statement. “While I am unable to end the furlough, I will act in solidarity with my fellow public servants whose lives are being disrupted by these shortsighted decisions. I am therefore closing down my office for one day a week and instructing my staff to forgo one days pay per week until the furlough of other state workers comes to an end.”

Union’s continue the legal battle to end the furloughs.

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3 Responses to “Furloughs and You (updated)”

  1. cleanupnynow Says:
    May 13th, 2010 at 10:22 am

    David Paterson just does not get it.

    It is so hypocritical for David Paterson to ask for furloughs from state workers while giving his staff huge pay raises.

    David Paterson proved long ago that he could not govern. The Democratic Conference: Organizational and Operational Structure Report is an eyewitness account of Patersons DYSFUNCTIONAL governing nature.


    This report heavily criticized Patersons leadership as Senator Minority leader. His office was criticized for PATRONAGE, LACK OF LEADERSHIP, INDECISIVENESS and INFIGHTING, set against a backdrop of general CHAOS in other words the office was a ZOO. Those interviewed in the report indicated that its chief of staff the disorganized Michael Jones-Bey had no management skills, and would get DRUNK with staff, often coming in the office with a HANGOVER, and should be fired.

    Amazingly, for running such a DYSFUNCTIONAL CHAOTIC office, the disorganized Michael Jones-Bey was hand picked by David Paterson to head the Division of Minority & Women Owned Business Development at Empire State Development Corporation.

    His staff and all his friends that he has placed in jobs need to be cleaned out…GET HIM AND THEM OUT NOW.

    This UN-ELECTED GOV needs to go now, before more damage is done and more of the wrong people profit from his office.

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