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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 16, 2009


DEPUTY MAYOR LIEBER, NYCEDC PRESIDENT PINSKY AND SBS COMMISSIONER WALSH ANNOUNCE FINAL TALLY OF 1,673 ADDITIONAL JOBS CREATED AT THE NEW YANKEE STADIUM

Spurring Private Investments that Create Jobs is Part of New York City’s Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan

New York City, April 16, 2009 – Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber, New York City Economic Development Corp. (NYCEDC) President Seth W. Pinsky and Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Robert W. Walsh today announced the final tally of 1,673 additional jobs created at the new Yankee Stadium. The new positions include year-round, full-time jobs in front office operations, in-season full-time, in-season part-time and contract positions. Working through Workforce1 Career Centers, NYC Business Solutions was able to assist in the hiring of local residents for these jobs. The new Yankee Stadium employs 4,047 total jobs, an increase of 1,673 over the 2,374 in the old.

“New York City’s fantastic new ballparks are generating activity that goes well beyond baseball,” said Deputy Mayor Lieber. “After creating thousands of jobs during its construction, Yankee Stadium will provide more than 1,500 jobs in roles that range from security personnel to a scoreboard operator.”

Construction of the new Yankee Stadiums resulted in an increase of positions:

Year-Round, Full-Time  
Front office, engineers, other 33
In-Season, Part-Time  

Ticket takers, scoreboard operators,
Customer service representatives

91

Electricians and maintenance workers,
Sweepers, supplemental security

169

Conference center

3
Contract  

Restaurants, food & beverage concession

882

Concession – merchandise

158
Security, other 337

“As promised, the completion of the new stadium for the Yankees has created construction and permanent job opportunities for thousands of New Yorkers just when these opportunities are most needed, while simultaneously creating new transportation options and better infrastructure in one of the most traditionally underserved sections of the City,” said NYCEDC President Pinsky. “The tens of millions of dollars in savings resulting from the City’s no longer having to maintain the old Yankee stadium, together with the new tax revenue generated by this project, will provide a fiscal boost to the City that is much-needed in these difficult economic times.”

NYC Business Solutions partnered with Legends Hospitality Management to staff approximately 270 of the about 2,500 positions in concessions, retail sales, and premium service hospitality positions including servers, bartenders, and food runners for Yankees opening day.

"Now there's three things you can do in a baseball game: You can win or you can lose or it can rain," said SBS Commissioner Walsh, reflecting on the insight of legendary Casey Stengel. "Well, there is a fourth thing you can do -- create jobs for New Yorkers. This stadium has opened up opportunities for many New Yorkers as well as several small businesses. We wish the Yankees many years of great games on this field."

About NYCEDC
New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many opportunities.

About SBS
The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) makes it easier for businesses in New York City to form, do business, and grow by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce. NYC Workforce1 Career Centers offer services to meet the needs of all jobseekers, including one-on-one job and career counseling, technical and educational services, workshops, and referrals to training providers. For more information on all of SBS’ services go to www.nyc.gov/sbs.

About the Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan
The Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan is a comprehensive strategy to bring New York City through the current economic downturn as fast as possible. It focuses on three major areas: creating jobs for New Yorkers today, implementing a long-term vision for growing the city's economy, and building affordable, attractive neighborhoods in every borough. Taken together, the initiatives that the City has launched to achieve these goals will generate thousands of jobs and put New York City on a path to economic recovery and growth.


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  David Lombino/Libby Langsdorf (EDC) 212-312-3523
Laura Postiglione (SBS) 212-513-6318
 

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