WC hands out pink slips to Section 8 workers
Westchester County's Section 8 housing program employees were laid off today, just 24 hours after they were informed of the layoffs, but they are expected to fight the cuts.
When the Westchester County Board overrode a series of vetoes filed by County Executive Rob Astorino last week, they thought they had restored jobs for the 39 affordable housing workers.
Several months ago, however, the county had notified the state that it was canceling its contract to run the state program, meaning that the state would then take over all Section 8 duties. Astorino's 2011 budget proposal includes cutting all 39 Section 8 jobs on the grounds that the program would be run by the state, but workers are concerned because the state doesn't take over until Jan. 10.
Karen Pecora, president of the CSEA unit representing Westchester County workers, says the union plans to go to court no later than Monday and hopes to get the workers reinstated, at least until the state takes over.Hundreds of taxpayers attend county budget hearing
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