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Chase Bank is laying off about 400 employees at its call center in Albion. Employees got their 90 days notice Thursday and will be out of a job come September.
The facility in Orleans County will remain open with about 100 people still employed.
Assemblyman Stephen Hawley says 150 of the laid off employees have been offered a job with Chase in Rochester. He says several companies have expressed interest in hiring the remaining employees.
Chase is the largest employer in the village of Albion.
"It's a regional loss, but very specifically Orleans County shares the bulk of that so we're going to work real hard for them to make sure this is a setback and not a final blow," said Hawley, R-Batavia.
"This was a surprise. I think it was a surprise to a lot of people. I talked to the county economic development folks and it was a surprise to them. I think they'd heard some rumor of it, at least downsizing, but I don't think anybody was expecting something this dramatic," said Mayor Dean Theodorakos, Albion.
In a statement Thursday, a spokesperson says the company is making the cutbacks because fewer homeowners are falling behind on their mortgages.
The mayor of Albion says tax incentives could be available for another company to use space at the call center and the village will explore all its options.