NEW HARTFORD — Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney congratulated the Workforce Investment Board of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida counties for the success of the Career Pathways and Wage Subsidy programs, which combined have placed 224 people in jobs over the past four years.
“Unemployment continues to plague Upstate New York and our area in particular. Our economic programs must be aimed at putting people back to work,” said Tenney, R-New Hartford, said in a news release. “These two programs, Career Pathways and the Wage Subsidy Program, have succeeded where other government programs have failed. They are an example for the area and for the state.”
The Career Pathways program helps public assistance recipients, low-wage workers and people receiving unemployment benefits in low-income households. Since its inception, 141 people have found work through the program.
The Wage Subsidy Program helps employers cover some of the costs involved in training new full-time employees. Employers are reimbursed for a maximum training period of three months for up to 90 percent of wages and basic fringe benefits for an eligible new hire. The program has helped place 83 people.
Both programs are funded through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.
“The Career Pathways and Wage Subsidy Programs help individuals and families get back on track. Programs like these are vitally important to our area’s economic recovery. I urge local residents who are unemployed to contact either the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance or my office for more information.” said Tenney.