Cuomo Proposes Expanding NY’s Workforce Development Initiative 

    Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled the 32nd proposal of his 2020 State of the State: expanding on New York’s historic $175 million Workforce Development Initiative to meet emerging job demand. The Governor put forward a series of plans, including new workforce training centers and programs, that will retrain and prepare people for new jobs. By expanding the Workforce Development Initiative to target emerging industries, the State will ensure that employers are able to find and hire qualified workers with in-demand skills in New York.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo

    “This aggressive, all-encompassing approach to workforce training will bolster New York’s groundbreaking Workforce Development Initiative by helping to ensure workers have the skills they need to compete and succeed in emerging industries that are quickly developing across our state,” Cuomo said. “With private sector employment at an all-time high, New York must continue to invest in its workforce and make certain that our workers have the necessary skills to work in a rapidly-changing economy.”

    One aspect of the plan is addressing emerging demand in the green economy by creating industry-driven green jobs training programs. New York State is a leader in nearly every green jobs sector. Last year, Cuomo made agreements for two offshore wind farms that will create more than 1,600 jobs, with construction, assembly and maintenance facilities expected to come to the Capital Region, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Long Island.


    Sanders To Honor MLK Day With STEM Event

    State Sen. James Sanders Jr.

    State Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway), in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, NYS  will host a STEM education event called “Blueprints for Success.”

    In one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s last speeches, “What’s in your Life’s Blueprint,” he reminds students to take advantage of the opportunities presented to them to ensure that they are prepared for the ever-changing world.

    In an age of technological domination, the big question to ask is, “What does the future look like in 2020 and beyond?” Sanders said. 

    Attendees of the event will engage in workshops, and hear panel discussions geared towards exposure to future opportunities. The goal of this tech event is to promote economic growth, job creation, and provide career transitions that benefit all of Southeast Queens. This event is for the whole family. Everyone is encouraged to attend!

    The event is slated for 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20 at 10-45 Nameoke Street in Far Rockaway. You must RSVP. Please call Senator Sanders’ Office at 718-523-3069 or 718-327-7017 to reserve your seat.


    De Blasio Community Affairs Units Hosts Toy Drive

    Mayor BIll de Blasio

    Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Community Affairs Unit (CAU) today is partnering with the Caribbean American Center of New York and the South Hollis Library to do an end of Holidays toy drive.

    The South Hollis Library and CAU secured toys for the youth that visit the library in Jamaica, Queens. Many of the children in the surrounding community are low income and may not have received gifts during the holidays.

    The event is slated for 4 p.m., today, Jan. 8 at South Hollis Library, 204-01 Hollis Avenue in Jamaica.

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