Pfizer to lay off more than 1,200 workers

Posted: Updated:

Rockland County's largest employer announced yesterday that it will cut more than 1,200 local jobs over the next four years as part of a worldwide restructuring plan.

Pfizer's plan would shut all but one facility, a move Orangetown Supervisor Paul Whalen said would slice the town's tax revenue and hurt the Nanuet School District.

"This will leave a 40-percent hold in their budget if Pfizer Pearl River pulls out completely of the area," Whalen wrote in a statement.

Pearl River will remain a major research hub, but its bio-technology and consumer health care sites will close by 2014, said Chris Loder, a Pfizer spokesperson.

"It's devastating. You can't even explain the feeling behind it," said Kevin Puglia, a 30-year veteran of the company's Pearl River facility.

Pfizer didn't announce when layoffs would begin.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."