NYLJ: Hundreds of ‘Terrific’ Workers Laid Off as Personnel Cuts End

Joel Stashenko

New York Law Journal

June 02, 2011



Emotions were a mix of sadness, resignation and some anger yesterday as more than 300 nonjudicial employees lost their jobs so the court system could absorb $170 million in budget cuts.


Noreen Scanatico, a court reporter in Brooklyn Supreme Court who lives in Brooklyn, said she will have a job today. But as one of the employees “retreating” to lower-paid work under the civil service “bumping” process (NYLJ, April 28), Ms. Scanatico only knew yesterday that she will be in a lower criminal court in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan or Staten Island.

“When we go into our 9 a.m. meeting, they will tell us where we are assigned,” she said. “It’s like the Academy Awards: Open the envelope and see who the winner is.”

Ms. Scanatico said she has tried to stay upbeat since the layoffs became reality with the adoption of the state budget two months ago.

“No amount of crying is going to fix it,” she said yesterday. “Cuomo is not listening.”

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