QUEENS — Queens residents planning to apply for city jobs will now be able to do it in Forest Hills, where the city opened its new computerized testing center Thursday.
The facility, at 118-35 Queens Blvd., will spare Queens applicants the trip to Manhattan or Brooklyn to take a civil service exam, where two other centers are located.
“Ability to get to Manhattan or Brooklyn should not dictate whether you’re able to apply for a job with the city,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “This new Civil Service Center makes it more convenient for Queens’ residents to access the economic opportunities the city has to offer."
The new center will be open six days a week, providing exam testing and a computer room to apply for upcoming exams and city jobs. It will also offer vocational training and seminars.
The city’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services, which operates testing centers, is planning to open another facility at 135 Canal St. in Staten Island later this summer as well as in The Bronx sometime in the near future.
Last year, DCAS administered 59 exams to 135,288 applicants, the agency said.