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Four years after an angry client gunned down four welfare workers in Watkins Glen, labor leaders claimed Tuesday the Pataki administration has failed to make workplaces safer for public employees.

Danny Donohue, president of the Civil Service Employees Association, said state Labor Commissioner John Sweeney has refused to discuss such matters.

Security measures vary greatly from one public office to the next, Sweeney said. Requiring things such as metal detectors and bulletproof glass in welfare offices would be costly and, in some cases, unnecessary, he said.

Sweeney said he supported allowing the Labor Department to review security procedures at public offices but not mandating specific security measures.

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