Lt. Governor Duffy reacts to B&L layoffs

Posted at: 08/06/2013 6:00 PM
Updated at: 08/06/2013 6:12 PM
By: Brett Davidsen

There were a number of lawmakers fighting to save those jobs at Bausch and Lomb. Officials held several meetings with executives from Valeant and also sent a letter urging them to rethink the job cuts. One of those lawmakers included Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy.

Lt. Governor Bob Duffy was at Oak Hill Tuesday. He was here to celebrate all that New York has to offer, but he was also greeted with the grim, but expected news that Valeant was indeed going forward with plans to cuts hundreds of Bausch and Lomb jobs.

In response to the announced cuts, the governor's office said it was dispatching its rapid response re-employment team to Bausch and Lomb offices.  Through the Department of Labor, it will work with impacted workers, do skills assessments, offer training opportunities, provide information on unemployment benefits and let them know about job opportunities out there. Those sessions will begin Wednesday.