Gov. Paterson fights for furloughs plan

Gov. David Paterson (D-N.Y.) has proposed mandatory furloughs for some 100,000 state workers, including thousands on Long Island, in an effort to balance New York's budget.

Destinee Washington, a clinical assistant at Stony Brook Medical Center, estimates she'll loose about $200 a week if Paterson's plan is approved Monday.

Except for hospital workers, other unionized state employees could be forced into a four-day work week.

The governor says if the furloughs are rejected, the state governemnt will shut down. However, state Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) says furloughs are not the answer.

Although Skelos believes Paterson's plan will be approved, he says other states that have approved furloughs in the past have been sued and lost.

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