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Luna Park and the Coney Island Development Corporation (CIDC) today announced plans for local recruitment events for summer 2010 in Coney Island. Central Amusement International (CAI), the operators of the new Luna Park, have made a commitment to hire more than 200 employees for the park’s inaugural season, with a focus on recruiting from the local community. CAI and the CIDC developed the workforce outreach program in partnership with Councilmember Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., local elected officials, the Department of Small Business Services (SBS), New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), Kingsborough Community College, and a number of community organizations to spearhead the recruitment of Coney Island residents for the summer 2010 season. “Central Amusement International is proud to work with the Coney Island Development Corporation and Department of Small Business Services on this tremendous recruitment effort,” said Valerio Ferrari, president of Central Amusement International. “With Luna Park, we’re not only bringing the fun back to Coney – we’re bringing jobs back, as well. CAI is thrilled to be able to give local residents the opportunity to help write a bright new chapter in Coney Island’s spectacular history.” “When we passed the redevelopment plan for Coney Island, we promised we would bring jobs to the people who live there,” said Councilman Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. “I’m proud to say that we’re fulfilling that promise. Central Amusement International recognizes the importance of providing jobs, and has been a wonderful partner in Coney Island.” “Coney Island is a place where families of every economic means have always come to play and to dream. I was thrilled last year to be part of the historic rezoning that guarantees a brighter future for ‘America’s Playground,’ including ensuring that benefits of new development and resources are realized by the residents of that neighborhood,” said Borough President Marty Markowitz. “In short, when we build in Coney, we must build with Coney. All of Brooklyn and New York City is thrilled to welcome Central Amusement International and the new Luna Park to a revitalized amusement district, and I’m thrilled that the Coney Island Development Corporation (CIDC) and Small Business Services are committing to holding job fairs for area residents for the upcoming summer season.” “The opening of Luna Park is an important step towards revitalizing Coney Island, and providing these much needed jobs to area residents is just the beginning of our work to establish Coney Island as a year-round, 21st Century amusement and entertainment destination,” said CIDC President Lynn Kelly. “CAI, along with Councilmember Recchia, the Department of Small Business Services, and the numerous organizations involved with putting these events together deserve recognition for their ongoing efforts to support the growth of the Coney Island community.” The Screening Events will be held on Tuesday, April 13th at MCU Park (1904 Surf Avenue) from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 17th at the New York Aquarium (602 Surf Avenue) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; and Thursday, April 22nd at Cary Gardens Community Center (2315 Surf Avenue) from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Candidates will be screened and interviewed, and newly hired employees will attend “Amusing U” in mid-May, where they will participate in orientation and training in preparation for Luna Park’s Opening Day on May 29, 2010. The 200-plus full- and part-time positions represent a range of employment opportunities including: customer service and retail, event staffing, food and beverage service, grounds maintenance, party hosts and entertainment staffing, ride and game operations, and security, and include both entry-level and supervisory positions. An online application, as well as descriptions of many of the positions, can be found at the Luna Park website. This summer, CAI will open “Luna Park at Coney Island,” which will feature 19 rides, including one – Air Race – that will make its worldwide debut at Coney Island. The expanded amusement park is part of the City’s Coney Island Revitalization Plan, which will preserve and grow the historic amusement area; create a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood with new retail options and nearly 5,000 new units of housing, including 900 income-targeted units; and generate more than 25,000 construction jobs and 6,000 permanent jobs. In total, the plan is expected to generate more than $14 billion in economic activity for New York City over 30 years. About Luna Park Opening on Memorial Day weekend 2010 and named after an iconic piece of Coney’s history, the new Luna Park represents the largest investment in amusements in Coney Island in decades. The park’s inaugural season will introduce New Yorkers and tourists from around the world to 19 new rides, including the world debut of “Air Race.” The new Luna Park has been designed to reflect the spirit and personality of today’s Coney Island, while capturing the original look and feel of its namesake. With no entrance fee, Luna Park will be fully accessible to those who prefer games to rides, or to those simply taking a stroll down the Boardwalk. About CIDC The Coney Island Development Corporation was formed in September 2003 by the New York City Mayor, the City Council, and the Brooklyn Borough President. The 13-member Board of the CIDC includes City officials, local and Brooklyn-wide business and community leaders. It is charged with spearheading and implementing a comprehensive planning process for Coney Island and creating a coordinated economic development strategy for the area. For information about the Coney Island redevelopment plan and the Coney Island Development Corporation, please visit the CIDC website.
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