MINEOLA - Dozens of laid-off Nassau County workers reported today for their last day on the job in Mineola.
Ted Seiderer, of Bayville, had worked for the Department of Assessment for six years. He's battling two forms of cancer and says he is now without health benefits.
"People are going to lose their houses, people are not going to be able to send kids to college," he says.
As News 12 Long Island has reported, the Nassau Legislature voted Tuesday to approve County Executive Ed Mangano's (R-Nassau) request to lay off 128 union workers.
The move is expected to save the county $10.6 million a year in salary and benefits.
The job cuts affected the County Attorney's Office, IT Department, Department of Parks and Social Services. However, the Assessor's Office was hit the hardest by the layoffs.
Patricia Hegarty, a mother of two from Massapequa, says she doesn't know what to do now that she no longer has a job.
"I guess they expect me to be panhandling," she says.
Union members say they plan to file a lawsuit over some of the layoffs, claiming that the county hired private contractors to fill some of the jobs.