ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A five-year labor deal that would freeze wages for three years for 66,000 union members in New York but would avoid hundreds of layoffs was approved Monday night, the union and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office announced.

About 30,000 ballots by members of the Civil Service Employees Association union were counted and certified Monday. No vote totals were disclosed but Cuomo said in a statement that the deal was "a win for the union and a win for the people of the state."

CSEA President Danny Donohue said in a statement that "These are not ordinary times and CSEA worked hard to reach an agreement that we believed would be in everyone's best interest."

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