Westchester County Exec Proposes Furloughs for Workers

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011  |  Updated 4:42 PM EDT
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Westchester County Exec Proposes Furloughs for Workers

The Westchester County executive says unionized workers will have to take a week off without pay next year and contribute to their health insurance costs — or lose 250 jobs.

County Executive Rob Astorino says there's a $114 million shortfall in next year's budget. He says he will not raise property taxes.

A call to the union representing county workers was not immediately returned.

Astorino says all county departments have been asked to reduce their budgets by 10 to 20 percent. But he says the Social Services department probably won't be cut.

He says the one-week furlough would save $4 million and the health insurance contribution would save $19 million.

Astorino's final budget proposal must be sent to county lawmakers by Nov. 15.

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