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Queens wants US Open jobs to help hard-pressed residents

Queens elected officials have announced an initiative to ensure that as many as possible of the 700 concession jobs the US Tennis Open will bring to Flushing Meadows Corona Park next month stay in Queens.

Amerivents, the staffing company handling hiring for the two-week-long annual event, will first court Queens residents to fill the cashier, cook, line server and concession stand manager positions.

The initiative is being done in conjunction with Borough President Helen Marshall and City Councilman Peter Koo (R-Flushing), who will begin interviews throughout the borough.

“The jobs created by the 2010 US Tennis Open will provide critical support to many residents who need to make it through these tough economic times,” said Marshall. “That is why I have partnered with Amerivents to invite borough residents to apply for these jobs right here in Queens in a world-class venue.”

The US Open runs from Aug. 30 to Sept. 12 and the jobs will start Aug. 23.

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