Suffolk County to trim 315 jobs to slice expenses

April 24, 2012 1:47:48 PM PDT
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. A proposal last year by the previous county executive had advocated eliminating 464 positions.

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, County Executive Steve Bellone has proposed $160 million in savings initiatives.

Layoff notices are set to go out next week.

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