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Gov. Cuomo's "restacking" plan continues

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's "restacking" of state employees into unused publicly owned office space continues with plans to move the Empire State Development Corp. and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation within the next 12 months.

Employees from both agencies will work in the state-owned building at 625 Broadway, which is occupied primarily by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The Empire State Development Corp., which acts as the state's main economic development agency, will be moving from Omni Development's 30 S. Pearl St. building. About 100 employees will be moving.

ESD rents just under 50,000 square feet for $49,437 per month. It has a month-to-month rental agreement.

Parks and Recreation will be taking between 150 and 185 people from Agency Building 1 at Empire State Plaza.

The moves come as the Cuomo administration is also shifting workers from commercial space in Guilderland and Troy to state-owned buildings.

The state aims to save $9 million through these and other moves. State buildings are about 25 percent empty due to attrition and past layoffs.

Bringing people to the DEC building, though, has also caused some to wonder if the agency, charged with protecting the state's air and water as well as policing its wild regions, is being permanently downsized. -- Times Union

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