Dozens of Boardwalk Rebuilding Jobs Up for Grabs for Rockaways Residents

By Katie Honan on March 26, 2014 3:28pm 

 A closer view of the boardwalk, with a bike lane and two kinds of benches.
A closer view of the boardwalk, with a bike lane and two kinds of benches.
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FAR ROCKAWAY — The city is looking to hire dozens of local workers to help rebuild the Rockaway boardwalk after Hurricane Sandy decimated the area, leaving many homeless and unemployed.

City officials are hosting a job fair on Wednesday, March 26, at P.S. 43, at 160 Beach 29th St., to discuss available jobs, from carpenters to flagpersons. 

A spokesman for the Economic Development Corporation, which is spearheading the project, said they hope to get a "couple dozen local residents" to work on the project, which is expected to start in April and be completed in 2017.

"The goal is, in an area hit hard by Sandy, to get as many Rockaway residents back to work as possible," spokesman Ian Fried said.

Data from a 2012 national survey found that unemployment in the 11691 ZIP code, which is composed of most of Far Rockaway, is 12 percent. 

Unemployment in 11694, another ZIP code on the peninsula, was at 8 percent.

The construction company in charge of the project, Skanska, will also take resumes at their local office at 92-08 Rockaway Beach Blvd. in Rockaway Beach. 

The job fair begins at 7 p.m. and will be at P.S. 43, 160 Beach 29th Street, Far Rockaway. For more information, visit their website.

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