Impending layoffs leave Suffolk workers stunned

Suffolk County workers who will soon be in the unemployment line say they're shocked and dismayed that lawmakers have approved a plan to lay off

RIVERHEAD - Suffolk County workers who will soon be in the unemployment line say they're shocked and dismayed that lawmakers have approved a plan to lay off 315 county employees. Sue Greer, a 54-year-old Department of Parks and Recreation employee, says she's stunned that she will be out of a job after 22 years with the county. She's one of 13 people in that department who will lose their jobs. Tax auditor Jason Stepnoski says he fears he'll lose his house. The 28-year-old has been working in the county comptroller's office since college, and says he's extremely disappointed to lose a job he loves. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has warned that more layoffs could be coming. As News 12 Long Island has reported, the county could face an estimated $500 million budget gap by the end of next year, unless drastic measures are enacted.

Suffolk lawmakers approve layoffs for 315 county workersBellone's proposed layoff list drops to about 315 workersSuffolk Exec. Bellone gives lawmakers a list of layoffsBellone outlines fiscal recovery plan in State of the County speech

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