BX health care workers join protesters in Times Square to fight budget cuts

Many Bronx health care workers were among the protesters gathered in Times Square Thursday fighting to stop cuts to the state budget.

Many Bronx and city workers blame Governor Pataki (R-NY) for plans to cut the state?s health care budget. They add that any cuts will lead to layoffs and problems for their patients. Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. says the Bronx could be hit the hardest by cuts because 25 percent of the workforce is in the health care field.

The cuts would only occur if Pataki vetoes part of the budget that has already been passed by the state Legislature. The governor?s office says it needs to control New York?s Medicaid costs while restructuring, reforming and transitioning the health care system.

If the governor does veto the health care and Medicaid provisions, there is a chance the Legislature could override it. Protesters say they will continue to rally until that happens.

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