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They thought the administration was bluffing, that there wouldn't be layoffs. If that's what they thought, they were mistaken.

Cuomo blames union members for PEF showdown

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Dozens of North Country workers are in line for pink slips this week after their union, the Public Employees Federation, rejected a contract deal with New York state.

At least twenty-five people were slated to lose their jobs at the Sunmount Developmental Disabilities Services facility in Tupper Lake.

White collar workers at North Country prisons are also expected to be hit hard.

In an interview today with public radio's Susan Arbetter on the program "Capital Pressroom," Cuomo said he is already moving forward with plans to lay off 3500 state workers.

The governor blamed union members for sparking the confrontation.

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Reported by

Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

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