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Thousands show up to York College job fair


| sLieberman@queenscourier.com

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After a quarter century, Margaret Jones’ job was outsourced, and now she’s finding the online employment search very difficult.

“It’s impossible if you don’t have the personal touch,” she said.

But job fairs hosted by the New York State Department of Labor are imbuing her with a new hope.

“I’m going to get a job,” she said at York College on Thursday, June 7, when seven statewide simultaneous job fairs brought out 375 potential employers. “I can’t afford to be unemployed. It’s good to know that the government is helping us.”

Meva V. Foster, a resident of Rosedale, has been unemployed for the past two years and sends out a new application for a job every day.

“It’s so frustrating, but you can’t give up,” she said. “I hate staying in the house, I hate calling unemployment.”

She said the job fair provided her with an opportunity to get her resume seen on-site by employers; some even offered interviews.

The New York State Department of Labor is also involved with a program called NY Youth Works, which gives businesses up to $4,000 ($500 dollars a month for eight months) in tax credit to hire eligible job seekers ages 16-24. The program has 10,500 certified Youth Works jobs ready statewide to be filled by local talent.

“I have more jobs than kids right now,” said Rachel Gold, special counsel for the Department of Labor. “The youth aren’t hearing us, so we’re trying now to reach out directly to them.”

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Transgender Community Speaks Out Against Stop-And-Frisk

Members of the transgender community gathered in Queens Thursday to raise awareness of the abuse they can suffer during stop-and-frisks. Make the Road NY officials say the 115th Precinct, which polices Jackson Heights with the 110th Precinct, has the third-highest rate of stops in the city. Read more: [NY1]

Ex-Coast Guard member sent to jail for executive-style murder of a childhood friend

A former member of the US Coast Guard was dishonorably discharged — to prison — by a Queens judge for the executive-style murder of a childhood friend. Read more: [New York Post]

Korean-speaking man busted for charging immigrants to translate at Elmhurst Hospital 

A Korean-speaking swindler was busted at a Queens hospital after he reportedly tried to fleece non-English speaking immigrants, hospital officials said. The man had been repeatedly spotted offering to translate between staff at Elmhurst Hospital Center and Korean speakers for a $240 fee, said hospital spokesman Dario Centorcelli. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Police Search For Queens, Brooklyn Business Robber

The NYPD is asking for help finding the armed man they accuse of robbing several businesses in Queens and Brooklyn last month. Read more: [NY1]

Outpouring of donations for Rockaway family who lost son 

Tammy Benitez thought her son could beat the odds. Christian Benitez, a precocious teenager who dreamed of serving in the military, suffered since birth from numerous heart defects but never let it hamper his blossoming social life. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Department Of Labor Holds Job Fair At York College

As part of Governor Cuomo’s NY Works program to put New Yorkers back to work, the New York State Department of Labor hosted a job fair at York College Thursday. Watch video: [NY1]

Queens Center job fair draws 1,400


| RubenMuniz@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of the Borough President’s office

More than 1,000 eager job seekers flooded the Queens Center Mall last week.

At the mall’s third job fair on Thursday, May 17, employers like Citibank, Resorts World and the United States Tennis Association were among the 25 recruiters in attendance in search of new employees.

Borough President Helen Marshall also stopped by to socialize with recruiters and job seekers. There were more than 400 jobs available at the fair and over 1,400 job seekers attended the event in hopes of finding employment. Many said they heard about the opportunity through advertisements and social media.

Over 300 candidates are expected to be called back for a second interview, according to Dawn Simon, senior manager of marketing at the Queens Center Mall.

“It will help the economy of Queens with new job opportunities,” she said.