Jobs, Contracts Update On Boardwalk
Local residents were upset the final informational and career meeting about the rebuilding of Rockaway’s boardwalk. With approximately 200 jobs coming to the area during the life of the three-year project, Rockaway residents discovered that only a few dozen would be going to people living on the peninsula.
While representatives from several entities who will work on the project were noncommittal about the specific number of jobs actually available, it took Greg Clancy, who is in charge of the project for New York City’s Economic Development Corporation, to set the record straight at a March 26 meeting that took place at P.S. 43.
“Not to be callous, mean or jaded but we’ve only got about 200 jobs, and some of those jobs are going to be filled by company employees that come from elsewhere,” Clancy said. “Not everyone of the 200 is going to be from the Rockaways. But there are going to be going jobs for people in the Rockaways.”
The reconstruction of the boardwalk is being funded with federal monies from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). According to the HUD Section 3 program, 30 percent of new hires must be local.
“There’s going to be skilled and there’s going to be unskilled jobs,” Clancy explained.
Jobs will range from laborers to flag people directing traffic to security guards. Of the flag person job he said, “It’s a prevailing wage person who we need to perform a valuable function who gets paid $16 an hour.”
While there was a large turnout at the March 26 session, there were low turnouts at the first two career informational sessions held earlier this year.
“You look around the room and not everyone in the room here is going to get a job because there are not enough jobs,” Clancy told the job seekers. “The good news is the whole pool of applicants is probably about a couple of hundred.”
Clancy also talked about how Rockaway contractors can still put in bids. The NYCEDC has reopened bidding for contracts since it did not receive bids from any contractors on the peninsula. Responses are due back no later than April 11. See the NYCEDC Rockaway Boardwalk Reconstruction page at www.nycedc.com/project/rockaway-boardwalk-reconstruction-project for more information about bidding for contracts.
“No one from the Rockaways sent in a bid package,” Clancy said. He added “It’s not too late if you’re a company or know a company that wants to work for us.”