April 17, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Career Expo to Mark One-Year Anniversary of Western New York Employment Strikeforce

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More Than 60 Businesses Offering More Than 2,200 Job Opportunities Expected to Attend Event on April 26
Text "Strikeforce" to 81336 for Job Search Assistance and Information; Job Seekers Can Pre-Register for the Event Here


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than 60 businesses will offer more than 2,200 job opportunities at the Western NY Career Expo. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 26th, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Buffalo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be presented by the New York State Department of Labor in partnership with the Concerned Clergy Coalition of Western New York. Since the creation of the Western New York Employment Strikeforce one year ago, nearly 4,000 individuals have found employment through the program.

"The Western New York Employment Strikeforce has connected thousands of job seekers with local companies, adding further momentum to this region’s economic revival," Governor Cuomo said. "I urge any Western New Yorker seeking a new opportunity to attend the upcoming Career Fair and see for themselves what is available."

In May 2016, the Governor announced the creation of the Western New York Employment Strikeforce in the communities of Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Lackawanna. Originally announced in May 2014 and piloted in the Bronx, the Strikeforce model is part of the Governor’s ongoing effort to bring communities together to facilitate employment and revitalize regional economies throughout New York.

As part of the Western New York Employment Strikeforce, the New York State Department of Labor added additional business services staff to perform outreach, focusing on individual industries to provide assistance where and when it's needed. The Department of Labor has also provided job placement services at five new satellite locations in the Strikeforce area. The Career Expo will bring together local businesses, training providers, community based organizations, and clergy to offer a wide array of employment and supportive services designed to help local job seekers overcome barriers to and gain employment.

"Governor Cuomo’s strategy to grow job opportunities across the State is working. The Western New York Strikeforce has provided employment for thousands of people in this region," said Lieutenant Governor Hochul. "As a Western New Yorker, I have watched the resurgence of this area and the employment growth that accompanies it. The Western NY Career Expo is poised to provide another 2,000 people with work at over 60 of our local businesses."

In conjunction with the Career Expo and to better serve job seekers around the state, a text line has been established for individuals who would like more information on Department of Labor services. Job seekers are encouraged to text "Strikeforce" to 81336 to get assistance with resume writing, job search strategies, connection to training opportunities and more.

The Career Expo will feature businesses from various sectors, including:

  • Warehouse and Transportation
  • Health Care
  • Finance
  • Manufacturing

Attendees will be able to receive resume assistance and participate in on-site interviews with various exhibiting businesses. Job seekers are reminded to dress professionally and bring several copies of their resume.

Ensuring Job Seekers Are Prepared
In addition to organizing the Career Fair, the State Labor Department is offering on-site workshops for attendees, including:

  • “Find Success with Jobs Express”—a course on best practices when searching online for work
  • “Rewarding Careers in Public Service”—offering information on opportunities within New York State Civil Service

State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said, "The Governor’s Strikeforce model has proven successful everywhere it’s been deployed. I thank the Governor for his continuing focus on this particular region. The hard work isn’t over. We won’t stop until everyone who wants a job finds one, and the Department of Labor is proud to be an important part of that process."

State Senator Tim Kennedy said, "This Career Expo is just one more way that Governor Cuomo’s WNY Employment Strikeforce is making a difference for the region. With more than 60 businesses offering over 2,200 job opportunities, plus resume assistance and on-site interviews, this is a real opportunity that job seekers should take advantage of. If you are looking for employment here in WNY, I strongly encourage you to attend."

Assemblymember Peoples-Stokes said, "The Western New York Employment Strikeforce is a success for job seekers in Buffalo. With 2,200 jobs currently available through the NYS Department Of Labor, and thousands more locally coming online, the Strikeforce is dedicated to identifying employment and training opportunities for the under- and unemployed. I applaud Governor Cuomo and the Concerned Clergy Coalition of Western New York on making this career fair a reality."

Assemblyman Sean Ryan said, "I encourage all job seekers to attend this important event to help connect with many businesses both new and old. New York State is stepping up to the plate to help ensure job opportunities reach all areas of the City of Buffalo. I hope the Strikeforce will help to make a substantial impact in Buffalo's unemployment rate."

City of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown said, "This has proven to be a great partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Department of Labor, our clergy and other local organizations on this program, as we work together on our shared goal of lifting up all people in Buffalo by leveraging every available community resource. A total of 2,700 Buffalo residents have found employment through this initiative in its first year, and we expect to continue to match more resident with permanent employment opportunities as the program grows."

Mayor Paul Dyster said, "Over the course of the past year, thousands of job seekers in Western New York have been provided a support system like never before thanks to Governor Cuomo's commitment to our local workforce. While there is still work left to be done, I am confident that as the Department of Labor's Strikeforce enters its second year, that this innovative program will only continue to enhance placement efforts underway in the City of Niagara Falls and beyond."

Rev. Darius G. Pridgen, Council President said, “By targeting those who struggle hardest to find employment the Strikeforce is lifting up more than each individual who gets a job. The  families of each of these newly employed people are also lifted up by the paycheck and the pride that comes from finding success. Let’s keep the support and momentum going by increasing the opportunities, making sure everyone who wants to work finds a job.”

Space is limited, so job seekers are encouraged to pre-register at https://labor.ny.gov/secure/wny-career-fair/.

For more information about career services and hiring events, please call the Department of Labor at 1-888-4-NYSDOL or visit https://www.labor.ny.gov/home/.

For more information on the Governor’s Strikeforce, please visit https://labor.ny.gov/strikeforce/strikeforce.shtm.

Contact the Governor's Press Office