Scores of workers who helped clean up after Superstorm Sandy were officially thanked Friday.
The Department of Labor and Training said it had $1.5 million in federal aid and hired about 98 workers to help clean up after the storm. They cleared debris from Fort Adams State Park, the East Bay bike path and worked around Misquamicut Beach to get it ready for the Memorial Day opening of the summer season.
DLT head Charles Fogarty said the part-time workers were key to getting tourist attractions up and running. “The fact that these folks were able to work very closely with not only with Westerly but with the DEM parks and recreation areas up to par and probably better than they have been for quite a while,” said Fogarty.
The part-time workers were mostly veterans and the long-term unemployed. Fogarty said the federal help wouldn’t have been possible without assistance from US Senator Jack Reed who nudged federal agencies to make sure Rhode Island got financial help.
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