by Art Cusano
PEEKSKILL, NY – State Senator Greg Ball visited the city’s One-Stop Employment Center Thursday with city officials to get a better understanding of the services the center provides and get people back to work.
The senator said he is looking into many initiatives to help connect residents with the tools, knowledge and resources they need to find a new job.
“On the state level, I’m demanding that we go back to Albany and hold a special session focused on nothing but jobs,” said Ball. “But I can’t sit around and wait for that to happen. People in my district are in crisis. So I’m teaming up with the resources that are already out there and helping connect people with the tools they need to get back to work.”
Peekskill One-Stop manager Onolder Yizar showed off the resources on site for job searchers, including several computer stations.
“Most of the job searches now are on the Internet, there’s very little interaction face-to-face with the employers and the job seekers,” Yizar said.
Yizar said that the center is looking to draw more businesses in to do job screenings and targeted job fairs that match employers with pre-screened job seekers with a skill set.
Several thousand Peekskill residents are registered with the center and about 60 people visit the center each day, according to state Supervising Labor Services Representative Madelene Knaggs. The services provided do help job seekers, she said.
“We do track the new employments, and our services help them with resumes and interviewing skills,” Knaggs said. “I can’t give you the exact number but we do have a high success rate.”
The center sees residents coming in looking for second or third jobs, as well as retirees that want to learn to use the computer or the Internet. The center also offers bilingual employment counseling in almost any language using a new software program.
Ball said he planned to create a satellite district office in Peekskill on a piece of land owned by Mount Olivet Baptist Church in the near future.
“It will be specifically focused on job creation and helping working families and seniors, and we look forward to doing that next spring,” Ball said.
The One-Stop Employment Center is located at 201 South James Street. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to www.westchesterputnamonestop.com or call (914) 995-3913. (ARTICLE)