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Stratton emails highlighted by CSEA

An email about tight resources from the state Canal Corporation's director is being highlighted by members of the Civil Service Employees Association as evidence that recent layoffs would hinder services.

"Even with this revised schedule, our resources will be strained, and our people challenged, like never before," wrote Canal Corp. Director Brian Stratton in an email to colleagues that was supplied to the Gazette by CSEA. A copy of the email is available below.

The union has been critical of layoffs that went into effect this week in the Thruway Authority, which oversees the Canal Corp. About 40 layoffs were set for the Canal Corp.

In February, Stratton said the layoffs wouldn't effect services. His email is being held up by CSEA as a reversal of those sentiments.

CSEA said in a news release that the cuts mean the Oswego Canal has no lock operators now.

"Unmanned locks are more than just an inconvenience to boaters or a hit to the wallets of communities along the Mohawk Valley that depend on the canals economically," said CSEA President Danny Donohue in a statement. "This could potentially cause a serious safety hazard, particularly at a time when major storms and flooding continue to pose a real threat."

New York State Thruway Authority spokesman Dan Weiller was not immediately available for this post.

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