Suffolk Co. to Layoff 315 Employees

Lawmakers on eastern Long Island have approved a plan to trim the payroll by 315 jobs by July 1.

The Suffolk County legislature voted Tuesday on the plan that saves $11.4 million. County officials had considered cutting even more positions. But they found enough money in the budget to save nearly 150 jobs.

Many of the saved positions are funded by state and federal grants.

These cuts are part of earlier budget-trimming proposals.

Officials still have to contend with a budget deficit that could reach $530 million by the end of 2013.

So far, no one is saying what other ways those savings might be accomplished.

Layoff notices are set to go out next week.