National Emergency Grant to Hire Workers for Sandy Clean-Up

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Governor Cuomo announced that New York State has been given $27.7 million in National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds, which will be used to hire workers for Hurricane Sandy clean-up. The New York State Department of Labor has released a fact sheet on the funds and their allocation (available here), and it looks to be a big help for those looking for employment and the communities who need them.

Eligible applicants are those who have lost jobs as a direct result of the hurricane or those who were unemployed before the storm. Available positions range from labor and construction (toward clean-up and restoration of public worksites like roads, parks, schools, and libraries), to organization and humanitarian efforts (assisting in community outreach and helping victims receive their aid). The positions are temporary and can’t exceed six months.

Those who qualify can apply online, in person at a local disaster recovery center, or by phone at 1-888-4-NYSDOL (1-888-469-7365).

Additionally, Governor Cuomo will work with FEMA to hire over 300 full-time, temporary employees in recovery efforts. These positions are wide-ranging and require specific areas of experience. A look at the current list of available jobs shows calls for architects, media liaisons, translators, community outreach specialists, and a range of administrative assistants.

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