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GE to lay off 200 workers in Schenectady

General Electric says it plans to lay off up to 200 salaried employees at its Schenectady-based Power & Water Division by the end of this year.

According to GE officials, the Fairfield, CT based company is eliminating the white-collar positions to remain competitive. While they wouldn't divulge the exact number of employees to be laid off, 15 hundred workers at the Schenectady steam turbine and generator plant will not be affected.

The announcement came about two weeks after GE said it would close its Fort Edward, plant. GE says those manufacturing operations will be moved to Florida because the Fort Edward plant isn't competitive. The plant employs about 200 workers.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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