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Hochul announces suspension of state hiring freeze implemented during pandemic


Fri, Sep 17th 2021 09:30 am

Says improving fiscal picture paves way for agencies to hire, with freeze suspended through end of fiscal year

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Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced the suspension of the state hiring freeze through the end of the fiscal year, supporting COVID-19 recovery efforts. The hiring freeze suspension comes after the governor released the updated state financial plan, projecting $2.1 billion in revenue above projections as the economic recovery beats expectations.

While agencies are now able to hire without first obtaining a waiver from the Division of the Budget, Hochul’s team said they must prioritize hiring for their core missions and continue to prudently manage their resources.

"As we continue to combat the pandemic, we must keep New York moving forward – and that includes building our workforce to ensure we can support New Yorkers at the highest level," Hochul said. "However, we must continue to act responsibly and prudently with the state's finances as we work to slow the spread of the delta variant of COVID-19 and help to ensure all businesses and New Yorkers remain safe."

Hochul’s team said, “Lifting the hiring freeze through the end of the fiscal year will enable state agencies to grow their workforces after the number of workers in executive agencies declined from approximately 118,000 full-time employees to approximately 107,500 full-time employees between March 2020 and August 2021, driven by attrition.”

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