Windows at the Nassau County Health and Human Services building was decorated for the holidays, but the mood was anything but festive as employees received some very grim news.
262 Nassau County employees were given pink slips and more than 100 others were demoted as the county continues to try to close its more than $300 million budget deficit.
"Today is a sad day, a black day in Nassau County as we continue to watch the dismantling of the county by the Republican administration. This is all being done on the political platform. I call Nassau County the embarrassment of New York State," says Laricchiuta.
For those who were saved from being laid off, many said they are doing the best they can to make up for the loss.
"It's going to affect everybody because whoever is left is going to have to pick up the slack," said one Nassau County employee, who asked not to be identified.
Nassau County Executive, Edward Mangano, said in a statement "While it pains me to see anyone lose their job, I informed Nassau's unions months ago that layoffs would occur if they did not provide the concessions needed to protect residents from a tax hike and live within the dollars provided to us for the 2012 budget."