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Kailbourne Says No Immediate Layoffs Planned in Buffalo

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – Adelphia's interim CEO Erland Kailbourne brought some reassurance to employees in the Buffalo region. Kailbourne met with local Adelphia workers at the Hyatt Hotel late Wednesday afternoon.

Adelphia employees and Kailbourne road the escalator down to the Hyatt lobby together following the meeting -- all appearing very upbeat. Kailbourne says he outlined plans for Adelphia's future and allowed workers to ask questions.

"Everyone is concerned about their job," Kailbourne said. "They wanted to know what's the company going to look like, and what will be our employment levels here in Buffalo. I shared with them that we petitioned the trustee to make sure the paychecks are on time and we have the financing to support our payroll going forward."

Kailbourne says at this time no local layoffs are being announced. He says they have five months to present a plan to the board of directors as the company continues to reorganize under Chapter 11.

Adelphia employees say now they feel more confident about the future of their jobs. Kevin Hagerty, who works in the IT Department, says he was glad to finally hear from a company leader. He says they received a "simple" explanation -- the company has a strong clientele and will continue to restore fiscal stability.

"He's doing what I expect a CEO to do," Hagerty said. "Perhaps pervious management failed to realize some of the things you have to do when you get big. So I think he did what is required."

But plans to house all local Adelphia workers into one, downtown Buffalo waterfront building are dead for now. Kailbourne says the waterfront plan is "off" Adelphia's "radar screen."

"Although long term, we have over 30 sites where we have employees. It would be much more productive of course if we could get them into one site," Kailbourne said. "But that's down the road after we come out of Chapter 11."

Kailbourne says he told city leaders that if there is a use for the land Adelphia was planning to build on, that they should move forward with a new project in the "best interest of Buffalo."