For four hours on Wednesday, June 8, two-thousand Nassau County job-seekers had their pick of nearly 100 employers and 40 community and training resource agencies, in search of employment opportunities and career counseling.
The job fair, hosted by County Executive Ed Mangano at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City was deemed a huge success.
Participating employers spanned a wide range of fields, and were looking to fill a variety of positions, both full-time and part-time. Astoria Federal Savings, Home Depot, GEICO, Advanced Auto Parts and Whole Foods were among the companies.
Prior to the start of the event, various public officials spoke at a small breakfast held for the employers. Dr. John Imhof, Commissioner of the Department of Social Services was there to show his support. DSS was one of the sponsors of the event, along with the Office of Minority Affairs, and the Nassau County Coordinating Agency for Spanish Americans (CASA).
Nassau County Legislator Rose Walker acknowledged that we’re in a “difficult time economically,” and thanked the employers for coming. Then the County Executive spoke, from his experience, recognizing “how hard it is to be an employer,” yet reminding everyone of his “job-generating economic plan” that is sure to alleviate problems in the future.
Mangano talked a lot about his plans for economic development on Long Island, and how this will create jobs. He wants to keep the Nassau Coliseum open so that Long Island’s only sports team can stay here, and he’s asking Long Island residents to help make it happen. “We have to attack the real property tax issue and we have to invest in the future,” said Mangano.
After Mangano heard of the success of the event, he stated, “the massive turnout at today’s Job Fair is a great example of the good that can come from government and the private sector working together.”