CONEY ISLAND – Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other local officials, speaking at MCU Park, Tuesday announced the launch of the city’s recruitment efforts to fill over 450 jobs in Coney Island this summer.
The annual job fair, where local residents are recruited to work in the amusement district, is a key component of the city’s efforts to connect local residents with jobs in their communities.
With more than 450 open seasonal jobs, in addition to more than 150 returning employees, there will be over 600 jobs at Coney Island filled this summer, thanks to outreach by the city and participating employers.
The job fair, which was held Tuesday, was the first of four that will take place this year to fill positions in customer service, retail, food and beverage service, ride and game operations and ticket sales.
The outreach efforts are being led by New York City Economic Development Corporation’s HireNYC program in coordination with the Coney Island Development Corporation, the New York City Housing Authority, the Department of Small Business Services, Councilman Domenic Recchia (D-Gravesend/Bensonhurst/Coney Island) and a number of community organizations.
“Everyone knows that Coney Island is back and better than ever,” said Bloomberg. “But the new parks and attractions aren’t just fun for the summer – they mean hundreds of jobs for local residents. That’s good news for New Yorkers who are looking for work and great news for our city’s economy.”
Last summer was one of the most successful summer seasons on record for Coney Island, with more than 640,000 visitors taking more than two million rides at Luna Park and Scream Zone. It marked the second season for Luna Park, which features 19 rides, and the inaugural season of Scream Zone, which features four cutting-edge thrill rides.
“To put it simply, jobs are ‘job one.’ And because not everyone can get a Ph.D or work in the high-tech jobs of tomorrow, these are the perfect jobs for today — for our young people or anyone looking to make ends meet during these challenging times,” said Borough President Marty Markowitz.
“The city’s plan to fill over 450 jobs this summer in Coney Island is proof that the city is making good on its promise to bring new employment opportunities to the 50,000 residents who live in Coney Island all year round,” said Recchia.
“As a former business owner, I know the important role that the city’s job screenings provide in Coney Island for both the business owners and the local residents,” said Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny (D-Coney Island/Dyker Heights).
This is the third year the city has held job screenings in Coney Island. In winter 2010, the job screenings helped fill more than 200 new positions that were created by the opening of Luna Park. Last year, more than 1,200 job seekers attended three job screenings, helping to fill more than 275 full and part-time seasonal positions at Luna Park, the new Scream Zone and the Cyclone Roller Coaster.
The program has further expanded this year, with employers from the boardwalk participating for the first time.