ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s second largest state employee union on Thursday agreed to a contract that includes no raises for three years and other concessions demanded by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, avoiding nearly 3,500 layoffs.

More than 70 percent of the Public Employees Federation rank-and-file voted to approve the tentative contract. The approval came just a month after a similar tentative contract was rejected by the rank-and-file.

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