Levy's 2012 budget includes more than 700 layoffs

County Executive Steve Levy (R-Suffolk) is proposing more than 700 layoffs in the 2012 budget that he unveiled today. Levy says although there are slashes

HAUPPAUGE - County Executive Steve Levy (R-Suffolk) is proposing more than 700 layoffs in the 2012 budget that he unveiled today.

Levy says although there are slashes to county employment, the $2.7 billion budget includes no property tax increases.

According to Levy, more than 450 of the jobs that are on the chopping block could be saved if the county's 10 unions agree to $31 million in health care concessions. County employees and retirees currently pay nothing for their annual health premiums.

Officials say even if the unions agree to the givebacks, the county could still slash more than 200 jobs.

Levy's plan is now in the hands of the Legislature. Presiding Officer William Lindsay says he hasn't read Levy's proposed spending plan yet, but doesn't like the idea of laying people off.

Union leaders say they are willing to negotiate, but not with Levy, who will be out of office in Jan. 2012.

The county Legislature is expected to vote on the budget plan in early November.

Levy warns county employees about job cuts in new budget

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Nassau Police say a Hempstead man has been 1 Police: Man arrested for sex assault of child, stabbing 2 women
Police officers stand guard on a road leading 2 UK Parliament resumes, holds minute's silence after attack
The arena in Uniondale opens April 5 with 3 Rebuilt Nassau Coliseum to feature express parking lanes
The incident happened as Pope Francis was blessing 4 Little girl swipes cap off Pope during blessing
A large police response was spotted late last 5 Sources: Armed home invasion reported in Shirley

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE