NY Gets Funds to Hire Sandy Cleanup Workers

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New York has gotten a $27 million federal grant that will go toward hiring people to help Sandy cleanup efforts.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the National Emergency Grant on Sunday. The money is going to go to communities that were hit hard by the storm so that they can hire people.

“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," Cuomo said.

The state Department of Labor is administering the funds.

Workers who lost their jobs as a direct result of Sandy or workers who were unemployed prior to the storm are eligible to apply. At an event in Brooklyn about the grant, a throng of about two dozen people were already lined up to apply for the jobs, and officials say 800 people have already applied.

The jobs are expected to last generally about six months and pay up to $15 per hour.

Cuomo said the state is also launching a local hire program, in partnership with FEMA, to replace out-of-state FEMA employees with New Yorkers. The goal is to hire upwards of 700 New Yorkers.