Cablevision to lay off 86 telemarketers in Jericho

Cablevision's Bethpage headquarters on Sept. 21, 2012.

Cablevision's Bethpage headquarters on Sept. 21, 2012. Photo Credit: Bloomberg News

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Cablevision Systems Corp. will lay off 86 telemarketing employees in November, the company said in a filing with New York State.

The Bethpage-based cable company, which owns Newsday, said Thursday in a state Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act filing that the workers are based in Jericho, where they take calls from customers interested in cable TV products.

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The notice said the layoff will be effective Nov. 7.

A company spokeswoman released a statement Thursday evening saying the jobs were being eliminated in a consolidation of three similar sales locations into two, with those in the Bronx and New Jersey to remain open. "This action will help us to deliver a more consistent and superior customer experience," the statement said.

Cablevision's Jericho office employs a large number of workers in various other departments who weren't affected, the spokeswoman said, but a precise number wasn't immediately available.

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