CSEA FOIL Reveals Paterson administration's continued top level hiring

ALBANY, NY (11/22/2010)(readMedia)-- A CSEA Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request has shown that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has added 36 top-level management/confidential positions to the state payroll since July 1, 2010, despite a state-hiring freeze. Eighteen of the 36 positions have a base salary in excess of $100,000 per year.

"At a time when the Paterson administration is seeking to lay off rank and file state employees, there is no way this administration can justify this action," said CSEA President Danny Donohue.

"CSEA believes that necessary work is being undermined in numerous state agencies and it is essential to have qualified employees in place, but in light of the governor's layoff threat it is outrageous that the administration continues to hire top level personnel."

CSEA has repeatedly pointed out that the Paterson administration's layoff attempt is counterproductive and will cost taxpayers while making the state's economic situation worse.

CSEA has pending FOIL requests regarding hiring at other state agencies.