New York, NY —New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch is warning that if state worker unions succeed in their court challenge to the governor’s furlough plan, lay offs could be next. But Governor David Paterson is standing firm in his decision.
The governor distanced himself from his Lieutenant Governor's remarks saying he hadn't thought about what action to take if a court struck down his plan to furlough most state workers one day a week until the budget is settled.
Paterson said "If I was going to sit around and speculate about what I'd do every time something goes wrong, I wouldn't have even put the plan in the emergency appropriation."
Paterson also blamed unions for bring the furloughs upon themselves saying they refuse to offer other concessions.