ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo’s drive to hire the “best and brightest” for state government could end up costing taxpayers $20.6 million, the Daily News has learned.
That’s the amount the Cuomo administration has quietly agreed to pay a Rochester-area company for “talent acquisition services” over the next five years.
Cuomo administration officials defended the contract with the company, Datrose, as a necessary part of the governor’s plan announced last year to reform its recruiting efforts.
As part of that effort, Cuomo replaced his Appointment’s Office with a new “Center for Recruitment and Public Service” located within the Office of General Services.
But leaders of public employee unions bashed the decision to hire a headhunter as a wasteful extravagance.
“It is ludicrous that the governor would spend $20.6 million on an outside firm to recruit public employees,” said Susan Kent, president of the Public Employees Federation, which represents about 55,000 state workers.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Cuomo Spends $21 Million To Use Headhunter Service For Patronage Positions
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