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Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor Peter M. Rivera, Commissioner

Labor Department Announces Immigrants Connect 2012: 17 Events Statewide to Connect Immigrant Small Businesses and Workers to State and Community Resources

Team of Bilingual State Agency Representatives and Non-Profits will Hold Events on September 15 and 16

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Albany, NY (September 14, 2012) -

The New York State Department of Labor (DOL) today announced Immigrants Connect 2012: Government and Community Resources for Small Businesses and Immigrant Workers events at 17 locations throughout the state on September 15 and 16.  These events will give small businesses and workers information about resources available to help them.  Events will take place in New York City, Albany, Binghamton, Long Island, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, and Westchester.

"There should be no barriers to learn about the wealth of information available to immigrant workers and small business owners," said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. "The events this weekend are a great way to bring together agencies at many levels and I commend the organizers and participants for their efforts."

Locations for the Immigrants Connect 2012 weekend are as follows: 

Area

Day, Time

Table Location

Elected Representative

Albany

Saturday,
9/15/12

12pm-2pm

Albany Public Library

161 Washington Avenue

Albany, NY 12210

Mayor
Gerald D. Jennings

Bronx

Saturday,
9/15/12

10am-1pm

Eastchester Library

1385 East Gun Hill Road

Bronx, NY 10469

Assemblymember
Carl Heastie

Brooklyn

Saturday,
9/15/12

12pm-4pm

Blessed Sacrament School

Parish Hall/ Gym

108 Pine Street

Brooklyn, NY 11208

Assemblymember
Rafael L. Espinal

Buffalo

Saturday,

9/15/12

12:30pm-3pm

YWCA of WNY 

1005 Grant Street

Buffalo, NY 14207

Assemblymember
Sean Ryan

Binghamton

Saturday,
9/15/12

12pm-4pm

American Civic Association

131 Front Street

Binghamton, NY 13905

Assemblymember
Donna Lupardo

Long Island

Saturday,

9/15/12

12pm-3pm

Memorial Presbyterian Church

Ashby Social Hall

189 Babylon Turnpike   

Roosevelt, NY 11575

Nassau County Legislator
Kevan Abrahams

Manhattan

 

 

Sunday

9/16/12

11am-2pm

 

Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association

62 Mott Street, 2nd floor

New York, NY 10013

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

Manhattan

Sunday,

9/16/12

1pm-3pm

American Red Cross in Greater New York

520 West 49th Street

New York, NY 10036

Assemblymembers
Richard Gottfried and Linda B. Rosenthal, State Senators Thomas K. Duane and Liz Krueger

Manhattan

Sunday,

9/16/12

10pm-2pm

Boys & Girls Republic

888 East 6th Street

New York, NY 10009

 Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh

Queens

Saturday,

9/15/12

11am-2pm

Corner of Main Street & Union Turnpike

79-15 Main Street

Flushing, NY 11367

Assemblymember
Rory Lancman

Queens

Saturday,
9/15/12

11am-2pm

All Nations Baptist Church

86-76 80th Street

Woodhaven, NY 11421

Assemblymember
Mike Miller

Queens

Saturday,

9/15/12

11am-2pm

Make the Road New York

92-10 Roosevelt Avenue
Jackson Heights, New York 11372

Assemblymember
Francisco Moya

Queens

Sunday,

9/16/12

11am-2pm

Taj Mahal Hall

148-01 Hillside Avenue

Jamaica, NY 11435

Congress Member Gregory Meeks

State Senator Malcolm Smith

Assemblymember David I. Weprin

Council Member James F. Gennaro

Rochester

 

Saturday,

9/15/12

9am-1pm

 

The Rochester Public Market

280 North Union Street

Rochester, NY 14609

 

Mayor Tom Richards

Assemblymember David Gantt

Council President Lovely Warren

 

Syracuse

Saturday,
9/15/12

8am-12pm

CNY Regional Market

2100 Park Street #3

Syracuse, NY 13208

Assemblymember
Sam Roberts

Utica

Saturday,
9/15/12

9am-1pm

 

Oneida County Public Market

Union Station

321 Main Street

Utica, New York 13501

Assemblymember

 Anthony Brindisi

Westchester

Saturday,
9/15/12

12pm-3pm

The Carver Center

400 Westchester Avenue

Port Chester, NY 10573

State Senator
Suzi Oppenheimer

 

Immigrant workers are an essential part of New York State's workforce. They make up more than one-fifth (22%) of New York State's population and over 27% of its workforce. In New York City, immigrants make up more than one-third (37%) of the population and almost one-half (46%) of the workforce.   In New York State, 29.4% (97,231) of small business owners are immigrants.

"These statewide events are part of Governor Cuomo's strategy to make state agencies more accessible to New York State's growing economy," State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera said. "By partnering with local communities to raise awareness on valuable state resources will ensure that the New New York includes ALL New Yorkers."  

"We have a lot of resources for small business owners and look forward to this weekend as one more way to let them know what's out there," said Kenneth Adams, President & CEO of Empire State Development. "And we want to make sure every business owner - the backbone of our economy -- has the same opportunity to take part."

State and federal agencies and non-profit organizations will inform the immigrant community about services available to them. Information will be provided in languages relevant to the communities being targeted by location. Among the broad range of topics covered will be workers' rights, resources for small businesses, civil rights, and health initiatives.

This is the second year of the Immigrant Connect events.  In 2011, over 1,500 people attended the statewide events.

The following agencies will partner with the NYS Department of Labor at the Immigrants Connect events: NYS Department of Health; NYS Division of Human Rights; NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance; NYS Workers Compensation Board; NYS Department of Taxation and Finance; NYS Office for New Americans; NYS Empire State Development Corporation; NYS Office of the Attorney General; NYC Department of Small Business Services; NYC Commission on Human Rights; NYC Comptroller's Office;  US Department of Labor; US Small Business Administration; US Department of Health and Human Services; US Social Security Administration, US Internal Revenue Service; and the National Labor Relations Board.

For more information about the events, please contact the Department of Labor at 212-775-3681 or jay.rahman@labor.ny,gov

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