Assisted Nearly 200 Veterans in Finding Employment Opportunities
Nearly 200 job seekers attended the “Welcome Back Warriors” All-Veterans Jobs and Support Services Fair, hosted by Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, along with Winthrop-University Hospital, on Tuesday, May 22 at Nassau Community College’s Physical Education Complex.
The fair featured 90 companies with job opportunities along with experts to help improve job-hunting skills, the G.I. Bill and other services for returning veterans.
The County Executive spoke to the crowd, prior to the start of the job fair, along with Joe Pascarella, Acting Director of the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency; Dr. Donald Astrab, President of Nassau Community College; John Collins, CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital; and Kevin Dahill, President/CEO of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council. Dahill is also the Executive Vice President of the Healthcare Association of New York State and the President and CEO of the Northern Hospital Association.
“My administration is committed to creating economic development and private-sector job opportunities wherever possible,” said County Executive Mangano. “Attracting new employers, supporting small business development and helping businesses find qualified employees, is essential to Nassau’s future.”
Mangano’s administration has facilitated 13 economic development projects that have committed to create 1,600 new jobs and retain 1,000 permanent ones. Collectively, these projects are estimated to generate more than 1.3 billion dollars in economic activity.
“From diversifying local industry, to the creation of workforce housing and the retention of a 100 year old family-owned business, we are making significant strides at improving the business climate,” said County Executive Mangano. “We must not only focus on the jobs we have, but look to create new jobs for the future.”
With a large number of veterans living on Long Island and soon returning from the Middle East, the “Welcome Back Warriors” Job Fair provided businesses the opportunity to show appreciation for the men and women who have served our nation.
“We must never forget the veterans who answered our nation’s call to duty and fought to defend our nation’s freedom,” said County Executive Mangano. “Veterans possess a wide variety of qualities including experience, maturity and loyalty that make them ideal candidates for job openings.”
“Our soldiers risked their lived to protect us from afar, and we need to protect them while at home,” said Mangano.
Under John Collins leadership, Winthrop became the first hospital on Long Island in 2011 to qualify for a financial incentive for the meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology to achieve its health and efficiency goals, and was recognized in the first-ever edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals Metro Area Rankings for 10 high performing specialties.
For more information on other Veterans Service Programs, please contact the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency at: (516) 572-6565.