Queens lawmaker hosts job fair in the Rockaways


With the borough’s unemployment rate at 9.4%, state Senator James Sanders held a job and career fair at the Hammels Houses in the Rockaways on Monday, Oct. 11, to provide an array of employment opportunities to community members of all ages, education levels and interests.

As of Sept. 5, several federal unemployment benefit programs expired, leaving jobless New Yorkers with more modest state unemployment benefits, or no aid at all, Sanders explained. Nearly 10% of the city’s population, or about 800,000 people, have fallen into that category, leaving families across his district struggling to make ends meet.