Levy's 2012 budget includes more than 700 layoffs

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

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