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CIVIL SERVICE CHIEF'S WIFE HIRED AT $60,000 SALARY

Add the wife of the state's Civil Service commissioner to the growing list of well-connected New Yorkers who have landed jobs in the Pataki administration.

Judy Sinnott, wife of Commissioner George Sinnott, has been hired as a $60,000-a-year research associate at the state Council of Children and Families, the Daily Gazette of Schenectady reported Wednesday. Her husband is paid $90,832 a year.

Pataki spokesman Robert Bulman noted that Mrs. Sinnott has a master's degree in education.

The governor has hired several people who are relatives or friends of his top aides or of other powerful GOP politicians.

Pataki is seeking to reduce the state work force by 5 percent, or more than 11,000 jobs, leading to criticism from the state's public employee unions.

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