Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins: Westchester County Department of Social Services to Receive over $400,000 in Green Jobs Program Funding; Grant to be Used to Provide "Green" Industry Job Skills Training


    State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced
    today that the Westchester County Department of Social Services was awarded
    $475,100 under the “Green Jobs/Green New York program.  The grant will be
    administered through the New York State Office of Temporary Disability
    Assistance (OTDA).

         “This is a crucial investment in hard working New York families,”
    stated Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins.  “Providing individuals who lost
    their jobs due to our ailing economy with the skills to perform the jobs of
    the 21st Century will greatly benefit all of us.  I am pleased Westchester
    DSS has partnered with the State to participate in this tremendous

         Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins said that the Green Jobs/Green New
    York initiative passed the Senate with broad bipartisan support back in
    September.  The program is designed to revitalize distressed communities,
    create jobs, and promote energy savings.  One aspect of the program, which
    Westchester DSS is participating in, provides workforce training created by
    the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA)
    throughout the State.

         “This program will create jobs, put people back to work and in turn,
    help get our economy back on track,” concluded Senator Andrea