New York Governor and possible 2016 Presidential Candidate Andrew Cuomo is designating part of the state’s $27.7 million in disaster relief funds to provide temporary jobs for those who became unemployed because of the Hurricane Sandy.
The grant is being used to hire additional clean up help in the Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester. The National Emergency Grant will provide temporary jobs for 5,000 workers.
Cuomo told MyFoxNY, “As New York State begins to rebuild and clean-up after the incredible destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, the enormous amount of work to be done gives us a chance to provide young and unemployed New Yorkers with job opportunities cleaning up their communities. This funding will not only provide young people and the unemployed with the opportunity to participate in cleaning up and rebuilding communities devastated by the storm, but it will provide valuable work experience and on-the-job training that can be useful in future careers.”
Through the Department of Labor, Cuomo has also announced that FEMA will be employing 300 workers in a wide variety of positions on a temporary basis throughout the recovery effort.
Negative consequences for the economy are still being felt by those living in the heavily affected regions. Missed paychecks, companies cutting back due to missed shipments, and the instability of a missed week (or more) of work have compounded the initial hardship of the physical destruction. Kudos to Gov. Cuomo for securing these grants to expedite the clean up and to get work for those most fiscally displaced.
Jobs can be applied for by visiting www.labor.ny.gov/sandyjobs, by calling the DOL 1-888-4-NYSDOL, or by visiting your local disaster relief center.