Brigid Bergin is the City Hall reporter for WNYC. She covers city politics including the 2013 mayoral race and transition.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined a panel of leaders from the military, government, media and the nonprofit sector Monday attempting to address the challenges of helping veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
At a conference sponsored by the Robin Hood Foundation held at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Bloomberg said there are more than 8,600 unemployed veterans in New York City, which is why the city is launching a new multi-agency campaign to put them to work.
"Our goal is to increase the number of veterans we help to find jobs by more than 50 percent bringing it to 1,250 by next year," he said.
Last year, through Workforce One Career Centers, the city connected more than 800 veterans to jobs.