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Stratton off base on planned layoffs: CSEA

New York's largest public union poo-pooed state Canal Corporation Executive Director Brian Stratton's assessment of planned layoffs.

Stratton told The Gazette on Wednesday that planned layoffs will not impact their ability to prepare the canal system in anticipation of severe weather. The job cuts, he said, are being carefully selected to avoid cutting positions directly involved in the water control structures.

“We’ve tried to do that with the least amount of impact,” Stratton said.

There are 234 layoffs planned for the state's Thruway Authority, including 42 from its subsidiary Canal Corp.

Today the Civil Service Employees Association put little faith in this assessment and repeated concerns from last week.

"Instead of relying on Mr. Stratton's "expert" opinion, we would do better to listen to the skilled lock operators whose job it is to help prevent flooding[.] How safe we will be when there are 42 fewer of them left to do that," said CSEA President Danny Donohue.

Donohue's skepticism stems from Stratton's initial naivety about the canal system when he was appointed to the job two years ago.

CSEA argues the layoffs are dangerous because the layoffs include canal lock operators.

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