The Paterson administration appears once again to be broadening the pool of people eligible to take a $20,000 state buyout.
The plan initially excluded those whose jobs are paid for by the federal government in order to ensure that the savings are realized by the state, not the federal treasury.
But a notice on the buyout that was sent earlier this week to employees at the Department of Environmental Conservation said, “Do not be concerned about the funding source (federal or otherwise) of your position.”
The letter also included a form that workers seeking the severance pay should fill out if they are interested.
“As you all know, the State is trying to assess employees’ interest in the voluntary severance proposal. We have been asked to formally canvass our employees at this time,” the letter said.