New York Gov. David Paterson says he's planning for at least 1,000 layoffs to contend with a fiscal crisis after public worker unions refused to provide concessions.
Paterson made the comments Thursday on WSYR in Syracuse. It's the first time he's put a number on the layoffs he plans to issue before the end of the calendar year.
The public unions have refused his offers of delaying a few days pay and suspending 4-percent annual raises to avoid job losses, saying they have binding contracts and the state should cut waste before people.