Voluntary separation program for eligible Ulster County employees advances


KINGSTON – A proposal to implement a voluntary separation program for Ulster County workers who are eligible has taken one step closer to becoming law.

The Laws and Rules Committee, Monday night, voted to send the plan to the Ways and Means Committee prior to a vote by the full legislature this evening (Tuesday).

Deputy County Executive Mark Rider noted the leadership of the employees’ union – the CSEA – recommended the move as a means to save money in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I believe they are on board and we will have the backing of the union membership because this is one of the things we are trying to do to avoid being like Sullivan County where they just went straight to laying 77 people off,” he said. “We are not going to be in good financial situations throughout this year and next.”

With the economy at a standstill because of the pandemic, governments on all levels are looking to cut spending wherever possible.

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