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IconWritten by Sonia Lindell on October 25, 2011 – 6:49 am

Jimmy Vielkind of the Times Union writes:

“It doesn’t sound like news in the era of shrinking government, but it is: the New York state Senate, now controlled by Republicans, has reduced the size of its staff, closed offices around the state and is on track to be under budget this year.

“If you’re preaching, as we have been, that you’ve got to operate government more efficiently, you have to lead by example,” said Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse and chairman of the chamber’s Finance Committee. “That’s exactly what we did.”

The payroll had 1,132 people as of this week, down from a high of 1,503 in July 2010. Regional offices in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Long Island and Albany are all closed, and six departments have been consolidated into three.”

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