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(New York) State put freeze on hiring, then added 51,464 people
The Post-Standard-Syracuse NY ^ | March 28, 2010, 5:00AM | By Delen Goldberg

Posted on 03/28/2010 9:24:09 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines

Gov. David Paterson ordered a “hard” hiring freeze in state government nearly two years ago, declaring that only “absolutely essential” positions be filled.

But state officials hired 51,464 people at a cost to taxpayers of more than $1 billion in salaries, plus fringe benefits, since that decree on July 30, 2008.

The hires include sons of elected officials, a close friend of the governor’s and a slew of highly paid political appointees.

Former Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll, for example, makes $155,000 a year in an environmental job the governor created for him. Paterson hired an executive assistant at $178,000 a year, a special assistant at $135,000 a year and a scheduler at $105,000 a year. A man responsible for blogging and tweeting for the Senate was hired by the Democratic majority at $120,000 a year.

Other state agencies hired photography assistants, tree pruners and ski school instructors, often with approval from Paterson’s Division of Budget.

Two summers ago, Paterson announced a “hard” hiring freeze as the nation’s economy soured and the state’s budget gap grew.

(Excerpt) Read more at syracuse.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; US: New York
KEYWORDS: freeze; hiring; newyork; ny; paterson

1 posted on 03/28/2010 9:24:09 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I’m an electrical engineer with a master’s degree and more than 30 years experience. I program in C++, C# and assembly language. I can write drivers. I’m an expert in image analysis, and have two software patents in that field, with four more applied for.

I make less than $90K/year, and I feel very lucky to have a job at all.


2 posted on 03/28/2010 9:28:39 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

bump


3 posted on 03/28/2010 9:37:31 AM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
But state officials hired 51,464 people at a cost to taxpayers of more than $1 billion in salaries, plus fringe benefits, since that decree on July 30, 2008.

She can't help it, the girl can't help it...

4 posted on 03/28/2010 9:49:08 AM PDT by denydenydeny ("I'm sure this goes against everything you've been taught, but right and wrong do exist"-Dr House)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

So, he hired 51,000 friends and relations with political connections, and the Dems STILL drove him out of the race for governor.

Those Dems, they ain’t got no gratitude.


5 posted on 03/28/2010 9:58:45 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Steely Tom
The feds make NY look like pikers.

I would tell you, but its dangerous these days to blow the whistle.

6 posted on 03/28/2010 10:01:26 AM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: Cicero

The dems can’t wait for bebe cuomo, one of the worst political hacks of all time.

Things will only get better for cronies.


7 posted on 03/28/2010 10:02:20 AM PDT by Carley (Are you better off than you were four trillion dollars ago?)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
New York: The blind leading the blind.

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

8 posted on 03/28/2010 10:03:24 AM PDT by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: Carley; Cicero; nutmeg

I’m still placing my money on Cuomo, especially if the NYGOP puts up a LIdiot like Steve Levy (a Dem!) or Loozio.


9 posted on 03/28/2010 10:07:45 AM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Clemenza

I’m afraid I agree. And if he gets in, he’ll make old Mario look like a saint by comparison.


10 posted on 03/28/2010 10:12:57 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Steely Tom

It’s frustrating to see our tax dollars paying the inflated salaries of bloggers, schedulers, and special assistants. I live in Ohio but work for a NY firm with no Ohio office. Even though almost all of my time is spent telcommuting from Ohio, NY is taking a substantial part of my salary to pay for these nonessential political handout jobs.


11 posted on 03/28/2010 10:40:03 AM PDT by eggman (Grab a mop Mr. Gibbs! Your boss is making another mess.)
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To: Steely Tom

Engineers don’t make what many people think they do.

We’re in the same boat.


12 posted on 03/28/2010 10:55:10 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Clemenza
I’m still placing my money on Cuomo, especially if the NYGOP puts up a LIdiot like Steve Levy (a Dem!) or Loozio.

I admit I haven't been closely following this race. The NYGOP is endorsing a democRAT??? (Levy)

13 posted on 03/28/2010 10:55:33 AM PDT by nutmeg (Bart Stupak: Judas, Neville Chamberlain or Benedict Arnold?)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Remember back in the day when newspapers would pounce on crap like this and never let go? Eventually, somebody was indicted and usually went to jail?

Now, they run the story, once, and can now point that they did their job of reporting it. Just in case some angry citizen asks them about it.


14 posted on 03/28/2010 11:09:43 AM PDT by hattend (The era of John McCain is over, the era of Ronald Reagan is back! Go Sarah Go!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

“A man responsible for blogging and tweeting for the Senate was hired by the Democratic majority at $120,000 a year.”

Only the essentials i see.


15 posted on 03/28/2010 12:44:12 PM PDT by TheNewPundit
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

This crap will end under a Paladino administration.


16 posted on 03/28/2010 12:54:08 PM PDT by The Mayor (Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Bump


17 posted on 03/28/2010 1:03:39 PM PDT by Revel
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To: Steely Tom

Amen and may God keep you employed.


18 posted on 03/28/2010 1:07:31 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
LOL!! It's like

Obama's Pay-Go.

--First PAY lip-service, then GO blow mo' dough.

19 posted on 03/28/2010 1:17:47 PM PDT by cookcounty (Let us not speak of the honor of men. Rather, let us bind them with the Constitution. --Jefferson)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I work for the State of Ny. These numbers may be deceiving. Even with a hiring freeze you must replace essential personnel (nurses, etc). If the state hired 50k and lost 100 k due to retirement and such, you can imagine this is not bad. It depends. How many were hired in the same time before the freeze?

That said, Paterson is definitely abusing his office and giving jobs away like Caesar fiddled.


20 posted on 03/28/2010 1:24:34 PM PDT by ez ("Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is." - Milton)
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Image and video hosting by TinyPic 'Saturday Night Live' mocks Governor Paterson's blindness, past drug use
by Stephanie Gaskell
Sunday, December 14th 2008
Saturday Night Live pushed the envelope last night with... Fred Armisen as Paterson during a segment on "Weekend Update." ...Armisen, as Paterson, says he has three criteria: economic experience, upstate influence and someone with a disability who is completely unprepared for the job - just like him. "I want to choose a senator not from the glitzy coke parties of Manhattan but rather from the shabbier coke circles of upstate new york," he said. "I'm tired of all these fancy, two-eyed smart alecs from the big city running the whole show. It's time we get someone from Utica, Syracuse or Schnectady - towns where people have something a little off about him. I mean, they don't have to be blind," he said. "I just need someone with like a gamey arm or maybe the giant gums with the tiny teeth. Let's get one of those in the Senate." The fake Paterson points out that he only became governor because of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer's prostition scandal. "Whoever is appointed senator must - like me - be caught totally off guard and be comically unprepared to take office," he said. "Come on, I'm a blind man who loves cocaine who was suddenly appointed governor of New York. My life is an actual plot from a Richard Pryor movie."

ACTUAL HEADLINE:
Paterson In A Blind Rage Over 'SNL' Skit
Paterson In A Blind Rage Over SNL Skit

Governor Paterson proposes 'Obesity Tax,' a tax on non-diet sodas
by Glenn Blain and Kenneth Lovett
with Edgar Sandoval and Erica Pearson
Daily News Albany Bureau
Sunday, December 14th 2008
Gov. Paterson, as part of a $121 billion budget to be unveiled Tuesday, will propose an "obesity tax" of about 15% on nondiet drinks. This means a Diet Coke might sell for a $1 - even as the same size bottle of its calorie-rich alter ego would go for $1.15. Paterson's budget also calls for a 3% cut in education spending, a $620-a-year tuition hike at SUNY and a $600 increase at CUNY - and about $3.5 billion in health care cuts, a source said. The Democratic governor will not call for a broad-based income tax boost, but he will push to restore the sales tax on clothing and footwear... State employees again will be asked to forgo their 3% raises next year and defer five days' pay until they leave their jobs, the source said. In all, Paterson will propose about $9 billion in cuts, $4 billion in new taxes and fees, and $1.5 billion in nonrecurring revenue, a second source said. The so-called obesity tax would generate an estimated $404 million a year. Milk, juice, diet soda and bottled water would be exempt from the tax... Public health advocates welcomed news of the tax, saying it would help the fight against childhood obesity. "Raising the price of this liquid candy will put children and teens on a path to a healthier diet," said Elie Ward of the American Academy of Pediatrics of New York State.

[and now, the buried lead:] The Paterson administration also announced steps yesterday to expand the state's social services net, including a 30% increase in welfare payments over three years starting January 2010, increased money for food banks and expanded access to the state's Family Health Plus program. Paterson also hopes to make it easier for people to enroll in Medicaid by eliminating face-to-face interviews and fingerprinting requirements.

21 posted on 03/28/2010 6:54:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...

The steady downward spiral of the Paterson administration puzzles analysts.


22 posted on 03/28/2010 6:54:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Sounds like New Mexico. Here you had to be a FOB, i.e. Friend of Bill (Richardson), and you could be hired way over your skill level - if you even had a skill level. But that wasn’t important because there were no job descriptions anyway for positions being made up on the fly.


23 posted on 03/28/2010 7:06:55 PM PDT by Let's Roll (Stop paying Planned Parenthood to murder babies! Cut off their federal funding!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

No wonder the state’s gonna lose at least one or two House seats, eh?


24 posted on 03/29/2010 10:13:15 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29)
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To: mewzilla

BTTT.


25 posted on 04/02/2010 5:08:19 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29)
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To: mewzilla

BTTT.


26 posted on 04/17/2010 6:59:58 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Wanna bet ‘Bammy gave ‘em the money to hire these folks?....


27 posted on 04/17/2010 7:04:05 AM PDT by mo
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To: mewzilla

BTTT.


28 posted on 05/04/2010 5:52:56 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29.)
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To: mewzilla

BTTT.


29 posted on 05/17/2010 11:51:30 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29.)
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To: mewzilla

BTTT.


30 posted on 06/08/2010 3:35:18 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29.)
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To: mewzilla

BTTT.


31 posted on 06/13/2010 6:26:59 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29. Over 250 roll call votes missed and counting...)
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To: mewzilla

BTTT.


32 posted on 06/29/2010 5:23:49 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29. Over 250 roll call votes missed and counting...)
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To: mewzilla

BTTT.


33 posted on 08/03/2010 5:41:16 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29. Over 400 roll call votes missed and counting...)
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To: mewzilla

Moved out in 1981...best thing I ever did!!!! Who ever said move west young man was right..


34 posted on 08/03/2010 8:27:22 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

Upstate needs its own state.


35 posted on 08/03/2010 8:45:48 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29. Over 400 roll call votes missed and counting...)
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To: mewzilla

Paging folks in Maine: What your two senators are about to vote to enable...


36 posted on 08/05/2010 4:18:44 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29. Over 400 roll call votes missed and counting...)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

New York City has to be cut off from the rest of the State. New York is becoming like some 3rd world, corrupt, socialist hell-hole, with a teeming megalopolis calling the shots, while the peasants outside becoming poorer and poorer.


37 posted on 10/19/2010 6:25:55 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: mewzilla

BTTT.


38 posted on 11/18/2010 3:37:31 PM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, how's that Lockerbie bomber deal investigation coming along?)
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To: mewzilla

BTTT.


39 posted on 12/21/2010 6:12:16 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, how's that Lockerbie bomber deal investigation coming along?)
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To: Hojczyk

Just be sure to stop somewhere before the Pacific and you’ll be ok.


40 posted on 12/27/2010 9:31:37 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: PGR88
New York City has to be cut off from the rest of the State.

I remember my Mom & Dad saying that when I was a kid growing up in Ithaca and outside Syracuse...and that was the late 50s and early 60s.

I'm sure it will happen this time. Snick.

41 posted on 12/27/2010 9:33:34 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: mewzilla

Bailout bttt.


42 posted on 02/08/2011 4:45:32 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, your Lockerbie report left quite a bit out.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
From last year...

(New York) State put freeze on hiring, then added 51,464 people

But state officials hired 51,464 people at a cost to taxpayers of more than $1 billion in salaries, plus fringe benefits, since that decree on July 30, 2008.

The hires include sons of elected officials, a close friend of the governor’s and a slew of highly paid political appointees.

Cuomo's proposed cuts are a joke.

43 posted on 02/21/2011 6:29:52 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, your Lockerbie report left quite a bit out.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
From last year...

(New York) State put freeze on hiring, then added 51,464 people

But state officials hired 51,464 people at a cost to taxpayers of more than $1 billion in salaries, plus fringe benefits, since that decree on July 30, 2008.

The hires include sons of elected officials, a close friend of the governor’s and a slew of highly paid political appointees.

Cuomo's proposed cuts are a joke.

44 posted on 02/21/2011 6:30:27 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, your Lockerbie report left quite a bit out.)
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To: Steely Tom
That sounds like a valuable skill set you have, however as a New York union employee you must:

1.Sleep on the job.

2.Surf porn while at work.

3.Pick nose.

4.Show up at union protests when any benefits or salaries are cut.

You just don't qualify for a $120,000 a year job.

45 posted on 02/21/2011 6:36:31 AM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

No wonder NY is going broke. Go back to 1970’s spending and appropriate levels of government employees.

QUICK FIX: Make the government unions illegal and you will find lots of new private sector workers as the so-called “benefits” of the rich union contracts eliminated. It would also take out the money laundering of government unions taking money from government programs and then donating it to the Democrap party.


46 posted on 03/01/2011 7:19:32 AM PST by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: Steely Tom

Electrical engineers rock! You’re priceless to me; who knows how inconvenient and less sanitary life would be without all the excellent enhancements powered by electrical controls. No joke! I’d be fine if I had to go without parasitic bureaucrats but would be lost without the plans, designs & constructed works of engineers (electrical, structural, civil, transportation, etc.), for sure.


47 posted on 08/07/2011 9:30:52 AM PDT by MonicaG (God bless our military! Praying and thanking God for you every day. Thank you!)
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To: mewzilla

BTTT.


48 posted on 10/20/2011 9:54:52 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: mewzilla

BTTT.


49 posted on 10/21/2011 6:25:25 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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