The New York State Thruway Authority is laying off about 210 employees effective today.
The CSEA union said in a news release that the authority has been mismanaged and filled with patronage jobs and claimed that only unionized employees are being terminated.
CSEA spokesman Stephen Madarasz said a total of 81 people are in CSEA-represented positions — 39 in the canal system and 42 in the Thruway professional unit.
“It’s also disingenuous if the administration tries to claim that there won’t be negative impact on operations,” he said.
He added that the state has lost nearly 60,000 public sector jobs since 2010, which has eroded services and stalled the state’s economic recovery.
Thruway Authority spokesman Dan Weiller declined to comment on the CSEA remarks.