With Unemployment Stubbornly High, Staten Island Job Fair Draws A Crowd

Diane J. Savino

October 08, 2010

Published: Wednesday, October 06, 2010, 7:46 AM     Updated: Wednesday, October 06, 2010, 7:47 AM

By Maura Yates , Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. --  Derrick Hinton finished a year’s worth of school to become a certified medical assistant and has volunteered with cancer patients at a Brooklyn hospital.

Last year, some 15-18 percent of the 1,200 job-seekers received offers, said John Mastellone of the Labor Department. Yesterday’s event was a meet-and-greet, where applicants could drop off résumés and hope for a callback for a proper interview.

State Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblymen Matthew Titone and Lou Tobacco provided meals for the employers. Mastellone said the staff at South Beach Psychiatric “were wonderful,” and offered the use of the facility for free.

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