Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office has launched a new program to provide temporary work to several hundred unemployed New Yorkers for a three-month period to assist in rebuilding and reconstruction efforts from tropical storms Irene and Lee.
This program, called NY Works: Neighborhood Rebuilding Corps, builds on the governor's "Labor for Your Neighbor" initiative, in which more than 2,000 New Yorkers heeded the call and signed up to help victims of the storm clean up during Labor Day weekend.
Temporary workers will be trained to perform demolition, cleaning, repair, renovation, and reconstruction of damaged and destroyed public structures, facilities and property that are located within designated disaster areas. The state Labor Department and affected counties will hire part-time workers for approximately 20 weeks at an average wage of $15 per hour.
The first priority is to put back to work those workers who are temporarily or permanently unemployed as a result of the storm.
The Neighborhood Rebuilding Corps program is funded by up to a $16 million emergency grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.