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Cuomo touts job fair today at Chase

Posted 28 June 2013 at 12:00 am

Governor says companies want to fill 900 positions in region

Press release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that 21 companies in Albion and the Finger Lakes area will be gathering today to bring 902 job opportunities to employees of JPMorgan Chase as the facility prepares for closure in September.

Following the announcement of the Albion facility’s impending closure the governor deployed the state’s Rapid Response Reemployment Team to help impacted workers find new jobs.

“As we continue to strengthen regional economies across the state, it is critical that those who face layoffs receive help in finding new employment to stay in New York,” Cuomo said. “The fact that so many businesses are stepping up for the good of their neighbors and the larger community is a testament to the haven that the Finger Lakes region truly is for the private sector. I commend the businesses participating in this effort from around the Finger Lakes region for coming together to aid their fellow New Yorkers in the pursuit of new employment.”

Chase announced on June 7 it would be closing its Albion Call Center in early September and laying off more than 400 employees in the process. In response to the announcement, Cuomo dispatched the Department of Labor Finger Lakes Rapid Response Unit to assist affected workers with reemployment services.

The Department of Labor’s regional Rapid Response Units work with impacted workers to help them obtain unemployment benefits, establish connections to new jobs in their field and area, and also assemble career fairs like the one being held today.

Representatives from telecommunications, sales, customer service, marketing, financial services and banking will be on hand on and ready to hire. Additionally, Genesee Community College will participate in the event to provide customers with further detailed information on their education programs.

The job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the JPMorgan Chase facility and is only open to Chase employees. Approximately 300 employees are expected to attend the fair.