$4.46 Million in Worker Training Dollars Provides Much-Needed Stimulus for Southern Tier Residents
Governor Paterson Ensures an Additional 13 Weeks of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Available to Nearly 1,100 Southern Tier Residents
Binghamton, NY (May 21, 2009) - Joined by local officials at a news conference in Binghamton, State Labor Commissioner M. Patricia Smith today announced that the Southern Tier will receive $4.46 million in training funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This training money is critical in light of the fact that for every three unemployed workers in New York State, there is currently only one job opening.
The funding encompasses a wide range of training opportunities for adults, youth and dislocated workers in Broome, Tioga, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Tompkins Counties. Training will take place in a variety of fields, including emerging industries such as green, health care and advanced manufacturing.
Just yesterday, Governor Paterson enacted critical legislation that will extend unemployment insurance benefits by 13 additional weeks for a total of 72 weeks. The inclusion of unemployment insurance funding in the ARRA legislation succeeded in large part due to Governor Paterson’s national leadership and advocacy for unemployed workers. Last year, Governor Paterson publicly reached out to both presidential candidates on behalf of unemployed workers. The Governor also led a coalition of 18 governors in reaching out to the U.S. House and Senate, and corresponded with President-elect Obama’s transition team last December on the importance of including unemployment insurance modernization in any federal stimulus legislation.
Had yesterday’s bill not been signed into law, 56,000 individuals would have exhausted their unemployment benefits next week, including almost 1,100 individuals in the Southern Tier.
"Through both legislation and tireless advocacy, no one has fought harder in this State than Governor Paterson on behalf of workers negatively impacted by the current recession," said Commissioner Smith. "The time is now and the climate is right for workers to retool their skills so that when the economy does pick back up, they'll be ready. Now is the time for New York's workers to show what they can do."
“The ARRA stimulus funds have made expos like this possible,” said Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala. “This is an excellent opportunity to assist job seekers build skills and identify available training for employment in various career fields. Now, more than ever is the time we need to invest in our workforce.”
The vast majority of the training dollars under the stimulus package funds will be awarded directly to local Workforce Investment Boards and they will be tasked with allocating the funding within their respective areas. In the Southern Tier, Broome-Tioga Workforce New York; Chemung/Schuyler/Steuben Workforce New York; Chenango/Delaware/Otsego Workforce; and the Tompkins County Workforce Development Board will distribute the training dollars to local communities.
Broome-Tioga Workforce New York has already paid for classroom time at Broome Community College and Broome-Tioga BOCES with stimulus dollars. In Ithaca, as part of their summer youth program, youth are going from house to house to educate homeowners on how to make their homes more energy efficient.
Individuals in the Southern Tier interested in training opportunities or transportation should visit the following One-Stop Career Centers for more information:
Broome-Tioga Workforce New York
Elmira Career Center
Montour Falls Career Center
Corning Career Center
Hornell Career Center
Bath Career Center