Contract loss prompts layoffs at SUNY Research Foundation
10 people based in Colonie will be affected, 74 statewide
ALBANY — Seventy-four employees with Buffalo State’s Center for Development of Human Services, including 10 based in Colonie, are losing their jobs by the end of the year after the state’s Office of Children and Family Services decided not to renew its contract with the organization.
The center was created at Buffalo State in the 1970s to train social workers at state and local agencies, and maintains offices across upstate. It is technically part of the SUNY Research Foundation, and is funded through grants and government contracts for its training programs.
The Research Foundation, which administers grants for SUNY programs, notified the state on Sept. 28 that it would be laying off 74 people by the end of the year due to the loss of the contract.
However, employees at the center have known about the end of the OCFS contract since January, according to Melanie Perreault, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Buffalo State.
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