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Albany County exec disapproves of budget amendments

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin criticized proposed 2010 budget amendments by the Legislature stating they are irresponsible.

According to information from Breslin's office, the budget proposal creates a gap of more than $3 million, and a tax increase of close to 11 percent.

"This is irresponsible to the property taxpayers of Albany County and to all those we serve," said Breslin. "Their proposal eliminates many essential positions, putting in jeopardy children, families, the elderly and others who rely on County government. In addition, they have created a lengthy byzantine process for filling these critical positions."

According to Breslin's office positions from several departments are slated for elimination. They include staff at the county's nursing home, a caseworker with the Department for Children, Youth and Families and snow plow operators in the county Department of Public Works.

"I am committed to maintaining adequate services for our constituents within our fiscal constraints," said Breslin. "I ask for the County Legislature's cooperation in implementing a balanced budget that keeps in tact the essential services we provide."

Attempts to contact a representative from the Legislature were unsuccessful.

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