Legislature approves flexibility for Onondaga Co. Exec. to lay off workers as needed

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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Onondaga County Legislature has approved giving Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon flexibility to lay off workers as needed.

McMahon said he had no choice but to seek approval for layoffs because of a lack of federal funding during the pandemic.

As a result, the legislature has given McMahon unprecedented power to lay workers off as needed. He’s hoping he can pull back on the plan if last-minute funding comes from the federal government or if there’s an unexpected improvement in the financial picture.

The Republican majority agreed with McMahon’s strategy, but some Democrats in the legislature felt it gave him too much power and more could be done to assess other cuts before hurting the workforce. This means that up to 250 county employees could lose their jobs.

McMahon has not decided which departments will get bigger cuts, but he said he will avoid cuts to public safety and the health department.


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