MILITARY & VETERANS AFFAIRS
(15 May, 2013)
Department Of Labor And Workforce Development Partners With Department Of Military And
Veterans Affairs Hiring Workers
For Post-Storm Repairs In
WHO/WHAT: Commissioner Harold J. Wirths of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) and Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff, the Adjutant General of the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will announce that the National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds already are being used to employ workers to repair the museum, as well as restore and reorganize historical memorabilia.
WHEN: Thursday, May 16, at 11 a.m.
WHERE: National Guard Militia Museum, National Guard Joint Training Center, Sea Girt
DETAILS: Already workers have begun to repair and replace damaged drywall, plumbing, and electrical fixtures, as well as remove damaged furniture and repair fencing.
"Through our involvement during Superstorm Sandy, we witnessed firsthand the devastation to communities and their residents caused by the storm," said Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff. "This grant is certain to ease victims' hardships by creating temporary jobs, providing necessary commodities, and assisting with humanitarian efforts."
Commissioner Wirths also announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has extended through January 2014 the ability of New Jersey communities to apply for the funds, enabling more municipalities, counties and state agencies to make arrangements to bring on workers related to Sandy-related repairs, restoration and clean-ups. The federal extension on the NEG also includes a waiver permitting the funds to be put toward skilled repair work rather than just labor.
To date, 25 workers including 11 veterans, have already been put to work at Sea Girt and statewide 775 people have been put to work in 16 New Jersey counties through the funding.