We, on the other hand, feel that Resorts World New York has been going above and beyond in its efforts to use local labor for construction and to hire within the community when it comes to filling the permanent jobs at Aqueduct, which by the way stands at 1,150 jobs, 350 more than originally estimated.
That's a significant number of jobs in this struggling economy, and we hope that residents in the surrounding communities, as well as from all over Queens and Brooklyn, apply for and get those jobs. But Resorts World New York isn't going to come knocking on your door, and nor should they, but there are still plenty of opportunities for folks to find employment.
The company has opened a center on site where people can apply for jobs, and Resorts World New York has hosted numerous job fairs for prospective employees, and will continue to do so until the facility opens and all of the positions are filled.
It has also partnered with three local employment centers, as well as set up a website at www.rwnewyork.com to help job seekers with information on applying and available positions.
And the company has also worked to insure its contractors are local, when that is possible. And as for hiring minority and women-owned business during the construction phase, over half of the contractors on the site fit that bill.
Are there still a lot of issues surrounding Aqueduct that need to be worked out? Definitely. Safety and security will be an issue, as will transportation, both mass transit and vehicular. But on the issue of jobs, Resorts World New York has made good on its promise to reach out and try to hire locally.
In fact, to date Resorts World New York has received over 10,000 applications for the 1,150 jobs, and over 70 percent of those were submitted by local Queens residents. We think that's a pretty good track record.
Instead of being openly antagonistic with Resorts World New York, the local community who is critical of the company should try to reach out instead of running to the press with their gripes, and work with a company that - at least up to this point - has shown itself open to being a responsible corporate neighbor.