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Westchester County Workers Take Buyout Packages, Taxpayers Save

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced Thursday that 162 county government employees are taking part in a voluntary incentive to leave their jobs, saving taxpayers millions.
Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced Thursday that 162 county government employees are taking part in a voluntary incentive to leave their jobs, saving taxpayers millions. Photo Credit:

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Taxpayers will see $3 million in net savings next year as a result of 162 county government employees taking part in a voluntary incentive to leave their jobs by July 31.

Under the plan, the departing employees – who represent 3.3 percent of the county’s budgeted workforce of 4,867 –will receive $1,000 for every year of completed county service.

“This is a win for everybody,” said Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “Employees are rewarded for their years of service and taxpayers benefit from the savings generated from our ability to streamline the workforce. These savings will be applied to reducing the $56 million deficit the county is facing in 2016.”

The cost of the incentive is estimated to be $800,000, while the net savings is projected to be $2.97 million, and the departures will give departments the flexibility to align their staffs more efficiently.

In addition, as jobs are refilled, the county can save substantial amounts of money because contract modifications and changes in state law make the cost of new hires less expensive, particularly in the areas of fringe benefits such as pension and health care costs, according to Astorino.

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