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Connecticut Awarded $1.8 Million to Help With Hurricane Sandy Cleanup

The grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will fund temporary jobs for dislocated workers.

Connecticut is getting $1.8 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to create about 120 temporary jobs for dislocated workers assist with Hurricane Sandy clean-up and recovery efforts. 

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the National Emergency Grant Friday afternoon. The money can be used to provide "temporary employment on projects to assist with clean-up, demolition, repair, renovation and construction of destroyed public structures, facilities, and lands within affected communities, as well as to deliver humanitarian aid and safety assistance," according to a press release from the governor's office.

“In addition to hiring those who have been dislocated, this is funding that can be put to use immediately to help Connecticut rebuild in the wake of this devastating storm,” Malloy said.  “This is another example of why these types of emergency programs are needed, and I thank the Department of Labor and FEMA for their assistance in helping our state recover from Storm Sandy.”  

“These temporary workers may be on the job for approximately 20 weeks,” said Connecticut Department of Labor Commissioner Sharon Palmer.  “Coordination of activities with FEMA and state and county emergency management operations will occur at the local level and will facilitate the supervision of workers at the various project sites.” 

Recruitment will become available through the state Department of Labor, which is the coordinating agency for the grant.

On Oct. 30, President Obama approved a major disaster declaration in Connecticut for Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties in the aftermath of Storm Sandy.

Paul Improta November 19, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Yep, that'll hire about 100 full-time workers for 20 weeks. Let's see which "employers" benefit from the grant.
sebastian dangerfield November 19, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Im less interested in the cronyism, than in the time it will take to hire these people and put them to work. Sandy is already 20 days old. So, 20 days to allocated a lump sum, and then how much longer for the hiring process? If its done in 3 days, cool. If it is done in 3 more weeks, then the urgency of a hurricane clean-up, would appear to be lost. A quick check of the CT Dept of Labor website, makes no mention of this grant. The grant was issued on Friday.
Thomas Soukup November 20, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Luca You make a good point, so when this plan comes to fruition, who will be working with this unskilled labor force to oversee keeping jobs up to code? In addition to clean-up, Malloy mentions repair, renovation and construction and this requires liscensed professionals At an unskilled pay scale of $750 a week,the program simply won't attract the liscensed manpower to get the job done. The program is way underfunded.

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