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April 29, 2013
CCE Board Votes to End Furlough of Staff in May
LIBERTY, NY—After a strong showing of support from individuals throughout Sullivan County to its emergency donation appeal, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County will reopen its office five days a week and bring staff back to work full-time on May 13. The board of directors’ executive committee voted this week to end the staff furlough on May 10.
The decision to furlough employees had come in March, following a 20% cut in funding by the Sullivan County Legislature due to its financial challenges. That cut resulted in an over $83,000 reduction to the county’s contract for programs and was coupled with a federal cut of $33,000 – leaving CCE short $116,000 for the year. In lieu of layoffs, the board required all CCE employees to take Fridays off without pay.
Over $10,000 in donations were received in two weeks. Combined with savings from the furlough and a staff member’s resignation, it is enough to bring services closer to normal. However, the CCE board is continuing to evaluate programs and make additional cuts as needed throughout the year.
“We want to extend a sincere thank you to the public for helping us exceed our initial goal of $10,000 in generous donations,” said CCE Board President Joan Howard, “We’re not entirely out of the woods yet, but getting out of our emergency situation is the first step towards making up for the cuts. Now we are moving forward to ensure that we remain viable in the future.”
CCE Sullivan County will kick-off its Centennial Campaign and Celebration on July 12 by inviting the public to share old CCE photos and light fare with good company at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty, NY.
“Not only are we continuing to make up for budget cuts by seeking additional grants and developing new programs, but we are excited to host special Centennial Campaign fundraising events,” said CCE Executive Director Gregory Sandor, “We’re focusing on staying positive, recognizing our supporters, and moving forward with our goals to make our site and community a better, more sustainable place to work and live.”
For more information about how to help, contact the CCE office at 845-292-6180.
Hours of Operation:
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center
64 Ferndale Loomis Road, Liberty, NY 12754