Statement of PEF President Kenneth Brynien on Threat of Furloughs

ALBANY, NY (04/27/2010)(readMedia)-- "Gov. David Paterson's proposal to furlough state employees is illegal," said PEF President Kenneth Brynien.

"If the governor does furlough state employees, PEF will hold the state accountable.

"The governor, himself, has said breaking our contract is illegal.

"We will take every action necessary to stop the governor's proposal.

"We again remind the governor of PEF's solutions to help close the budget deficit, including millions in savings to be realized by replacing high-cost consultants with lower-cost state employees.

The New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) is the state's second-largest state-employee union, representing 58,000 professional, scientific and technical employees.