Success Story at City of Newburgh Department of Public Works - Daily Hudson Valley News

Success Story at City of Newburgh Department of Public Works

Sep 3rd, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Articles, Lead Article

Sometimes all it takes is a chance, and the willingness to make the most of it. More than a year ago, the City of Newburgh adopted a temporary worker program hiring local young adults through programs like the Youth Advocacy Program and the Department of Labor’s Youth Employment Program. To date, five temporary employees have been promoted to full time positions.

City Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) funding was reprioritized by the City Council for in 2013 to hire a City of Newburgh workforce.  During 2013, the program has hired 100% City of Newburgh residents.

DPW Superintendent George Garrison introduced Tyrell George and Dechean Rankine, whose positions are funded through CDBG, to Councilwoman Gay Lee, Councilman Curlie Dillard, and Interim City Manager James Slaughter, who visited DPW on Friday, Aug. 23.

Tyrell and Dechean are responsible for the upkeep of around 150 City-owned properties acquired for non-payment of taxes. In addition to keeping the property exteriors tidy, they also clean out the interiors. This translates into removing hundreds of bags of garbage, dozens of dressers, beds, and other furniture and once, a nest of snakes.

City of Newburgh DPW

Interim City Manager James Slaughter; Councilman Curlie Dillard, Dechean Rankine, Councilwoman Gay Lee, Tyrell George, and DPW Superintendent George Garrison

“This program is a wonderful opportunity for Newburgh residents to prove their willingness to work hard and be promoted within the department,” said Garrison.

“You are role models for our young people,” Dillard told Tyrell and Dechean.

Gay Lee added, “I am very proud of all of them, and of Community Development Director Courtney Kain and George Garrison, who helped make this possible. I would like to see more City Departments take young people under their wing.”

“These young people are getting the kind of hands-on training that employers look for,” said Garrison. “And if we can help three out of 30 improve their skills and develop a positive work ethic, then that is a success story.”

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