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Fed shutdown forces Gowanus group to cancel job-training program for low-income locals

Can’t learn: Locals who on Tuesday planned to start a construction-training course with Gowanus-based group Rebuilding Together had to put their education on hold of the ongoing shutdown of the federal government.
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High-school graduates enrolled in a local do-good group’s technical-education program geared to land them construction jobs cannot begin their classes until President Trump decides to reopen the government and end its longest shutdown in American history.

Many of the young job seekers with traditional diplomas or GEDs hail from low-income communities and public-housing complexes, and counted on the free program to help them secure quality jobs that will allow them provide for their families, according to a leader of the Gowanus-based organization that receives funding from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to run the seminar.

“The shutdown significantly impacts them and their plans,” said Sarah Desmond, the interim executive director of Rebuilding Together, which rehabilitates dilapidated properties on the brink of disrepair. “These students go onto actual real careers, earning money, and bringing it back to their communities and families.”

The students were supposed to start classes on Jan. 15, but the closure — now in its 27th day — forced the do-gooders to cancel the six-week program indefinitely until the federal housing agency is fully back up and running.

The agency funds the technical training through a grant that normally allows Rebuilding Together leaders to host six of the programs a year, according to Desmond, who said that in 2018 the group trained 125 students — about 80 percent of which came from Brooklyn, with more than half hailing from Coney Island.

And as long as the Commander-in-Chief refuses to budge on erecting his beloved wall at the United States–Mexico border, funding for the current class, and all subsequent seminars, remains in limbo — leaving the locals eager to enter the construction workforce without a way to get the training they need to do so, Desmond said.

“All approvals for any classes have been put on hold for this,” she said. “As of right now we can’t go forward, because our funding is on hold.”

But when the government reopens, those students who expected to start their training this week will be prioritized for the next session, according to Desmond.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@schnepsmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 1:10 pm, January 18, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Thanks a lot drumpf, you jackass!
Jan. 17, 7:47 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Don’t fret, Chuck and Nancy will be caving any day now. Trump knows the spineless Dems better than anyone.
Jan. 17, 10:19 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Fool me once in 2016 [I think he was up to 400 lies by then], shame on you trump. Still being fooled in 2019, shame... It's amazing I'm able to dress myself.
Jan. 18, 7:45 am
Cuba Pete. from BoomChickyBoom says:
Hey Julianne you’re mistaken on the facts. “President Trump decides to reopen the government” The ball is clearly in Chuck and Nancy’s court they refused to negotiate they abscond from their responsibilities but eventually they will cave and we will get a wall and the government will reopen. Your welcome.
Jan. 18, 11:39 am
Not surprised by your willful ignorance says:
You trumpies are grossly miss informed and bury your heads in the orange sand. BTW, it’s “you’re welcome”, not “your welcome”.
Jan. 18, 1:14 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Imagine being naive enough to believe that Chuck and Nancy have any sort of backbone and won’t grovel at the feet of President Trump when all is said and done.
Jan. 18, 1:44 pm
Not surprised by your willful ignorance says:
Imagine being naive enough to still support this grifter who in 2 years has destroyed the office of the presidency. Imagine being naive enough to ignore all the corruption that has come from his actions, his staff, and his policies. Imagine being naive enough to ignore all the daily articles outlining all of his corrupt & illegal actions and dismiss them as "fake news". Imagine being naive enough to ignore the thousands (literally thousands) of flat out lies and misleading information he has pushed on the country. Imagine being naive enough to ignore how he polarized the country. Imagine being naive enough to ignore the rising rate of hate crimes and antisemitism. Imagine being naive enough that you have someone pointing all this out to you. Imagine being naive enough to ignore all the [many many more] proven facts and say "Chuck and Nancy will be caving any day now". Imagine being naive enough that you will most likely not address any of these point in your reply. I am ashamed of people like you who call themselves patriotic Americans. What a farce. Oh, and imagine being naive enough to ignore the breaking story today regarding trump and cohen.
Jan. 18, 2:13 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Imagine being naive enough to have ignored everything you are outraged about now for the 8 years of the Obama regime and the crime syndicate known as the Clinton mob. Spare me your new found outrage, payback is upon us.
Jan. 18, 2:18 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Why should anyone take the word of a convicted liar, and his handler, the consigliere of the Clinton mob. Imagine being naive enough to care what Lanny Davis has to say.
Jan. 18, 2:21 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
One more. Imagine still supporting the Democrat party after seeing them give the middle finger to their own voters when they selected Killary, when the voters demanded Bernie. Anyone with a brain walked away from the Clinton crime syndicate at that point.
Jan. 18, 4:27 pm
Fantacita Wandèz from Gowanas says:
Damn! Now I have to go back to sitting on my butt all day collecting welfare!! Dang-azz funky yo !!!
Jan. 18, 4:27 pm
Not surprised by your willful ignorance says:
“Imagine being naive enough that you will most likely not address any of these points in your reply”. I was wrong, you’re not naive or ignorant, you’re dumb. Oh, you forgot to scream “BUT HER EMAILS!!!”.
Jan. 18, 4:56 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Oh yeah, JFK. The guy that every corpse in Illinois voted for multiple times. LBJ? You don’t even want to go there. I’ll give you Carter, but he is just proof that choir boys make terrible presidents. The point we are discussing here is the Pelosi shutdown and how soon she will cave, like Dems always do. At least she has some moxie, Chuck is in a fetal position in the corner somewhere begging her to give in.
Jan. 18, 5:59 pm
Not surprised by your willful stupidity says:
Re posting to remind you that you never addressed any of my points, only to "whataboutism": Imagine being naive enough to still support this grifter who in 2 years has destroyed the office of the presidency. Imagine being naive enough to ignore all the corruption that has come from his actions, his staff, and his policies. Imagine being naive enough to ignore all the daily articles outlining all of his corrupt & illegal actions and dismiss them as "fake news". Imagine being naive enough to ignore the thousands (literally thousands) of flat out lies and misleading information he has pushed on the country. Imagine being naive enough to ignore how he polarized the country. Imagine being naive enough to ignore the rising rate of hate crimes and antisemitism. Imagine being naive enough that you have someone pointing all this out to you. Imagine being naive enough to ignore all the [many many more] proven facts and say "Chuck and Nancy will be caving any day now". Imagine being naive enough that you will most likely not address any of these point in your reply. I am ashamed of people like you who call themselves patriotic Americans. What a farce. Oh, and imagine being naive enough to ignore the breaking story today regarding trump and cohen. You cannot deny any of these FACTS. Clinton is not the president and neither is Obama. They are not relevant to my points, but keep dodging the facts to push your pointless narrative.
Jan. 18, 6:04 pm
Not surprised by your willful stupidity says:
Did you miss the indictment/conviction counts?
Jan. 18, 6:05 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
If everything you say is true, and Trump is a horrible grifter, then why were his crimes ignored for decades by the powers that be in New York? The answer is that he payed off every Democrat in position to investigate or indict him, and everyone knew it. Now they cry about how awful he is, when they groveled on their hands and knees to accept his largess, and won’t even give back his campaign donations to this day. It’s amazing how Trump only became the worst thing since Hitler when the gravy train stopped running.
Jan. 18, 6:16 pm
Not surprised by your willful stupidity says:
Wow! Does trump have something huge hanging over you that you're so loyal? Again you missed the point about his past 2 years of destruction. You did hear the news that he directed his lawyer to lie to congress and there are documents proving so, right? I'ts pretty breaking news, an impeachable offense. I'm curious, how will you spin that one to blame the dems?
Jan. 18, 6:47 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
You may want to read the update on that BuzzFeed story. Mueller refuted the entire story and yet another fake news outlet has been exposed. Hopefully someday you will realize that the alleged two years of destruction are mostly lies. The economy is roaring, there aren’t enough hours in the day to make money right now, and yet the fake news tells us that we are on the verge of a depression.
Jan. 18, 7:53 pm
Not surprised by your willful stupidity says:
Bwahahahahahaha! You are delirious. Keep living with you head up y̶o̶u̶r̶ trump's ass, fool.
Jan. 18, 8:12 pm
Not surprised by your willful stupidity says:
Who told you that, Alex Jones? Fool!
Jan. 18, 8:13 pm
Not surprised by your willful stupidity says:
BwahahahahahahaBwahahahahahahaBwahahahahahahaBwahahahahahahaBwahahahahahahaBwahahahahahahaBwahahahahahahaBwahahahahahahaBwahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!! Trump's twitter? That's your source for "You may want to read the update on that BuzzFeed story. Mueller refuted the entire story and yet another fake news outlet has been exposed" BwahahahahahahaBwahahahahahahaBwahahahahahahaBwahahahahahahaBwahahahahahahaBwahahahahahahaBwahahahahahahaBwahahahahahahaBwahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!! OMG, you are a dope. Hey as an aside, I have a bridge I think you may be interested in purchasing. It's a sound investment. OMG, you dumb bro.
Jan. 18, 8:24 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Feel free to keep making a fool out of yourself, or maybe check Glenn Greenwald’s Twitter, or just about any news(?) source you like. Read it and weep and know you are being played for a fool. A useless idiot going about about some impending doom for President Trump that never arrives. See you in 2020, I can’t wait for your meltdown that November.
Jan. 18, 8:55 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
It’s stunning that you were able to avoid the Mueller statement long enough to post your ignorance here, but that shows you how thick the bubble you live in is. It’s even on the Clinton News Network. Another fake news network bites the dust. RIP BuzzFeed
Jan. 18, 8:59 pm
Not surprised by your willful stupidity says:
Source with a link? I'll wait.
Jan. 18, 9:05 pm
Not surprised by your willful stupidity says:
Too slow gramps, The CNN story says "inaccurate", very vague. Plus CNN = FAKE NEWS! Right?
Jan. 18, 9:22 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
In what language is the word inaccurate synonymous with vague? It has a very precise meaning: wrong, lie, fake news, etc. Even fake news CNN is telling you this.
Jan. 18, 9:27 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Perhaps look up the term “confirmation bias” before you let fake news take you for another ride.
Jan. 18, 9:28 pm
Not surprised by your willful stupidity says:
ALSO, cnn IS FAKE NEWS RIGHT? Or is that only when they report unsavory stories regarding trump?
Jan. 18, 9:36 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
You can grasp on whatever straw you like, but that article is quite clear in stating that Mueller debunked the central thesis to the fake news story. The first on the record comment from the Special Counsel is admonishing fake news, BuzzFeed is in Dan Rather territory now. You are showing progress though, you went from peak vision zero shiiitposting to a mildly concerned measured take in 0.3 seconds.
Jan. 18, 9:50 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
The fact is the BuzzFeed story was fake news. You can cry all you like about it, but those are the facts. Enjoy going down with the fake news ship, you’re one of the last suckers still buying it. November 2020 is going to be a cruel shock for you. Again.
Jan. 18, 10:21 pm
Not surprised by your blatant stupidity, you're a trumpette says:
Dumdum just caved to DACA to get his wall and chuck/nancy took the offer. You were totally right, bro! You totally called it! Bwahahahahhaa
Jan. 19, 4:13 pm
Not surprised by your blatant stupidity, you're a trumpette says:
Ok dummy, whatever you say. I'll remember to cry on your shoulder in Nov 2020, just like I did during the midterms. Oh yeah, the midterms... Here comes the investigations! See ya dummy!
Jan. 19, 4:48 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Still drunk on fake news I see. Nothing you said is remotely true. Trump didn’t even offer DACA, the offer is 3 year partial and NONRENEWABLE protection of dreamers, with no chance of citizenship, and a fully funded WALL. That’s what you call caving? Trump is getting the wall one way or another, only question is how many crumbs does he offer to get it.
Jan. 19, 5:31 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Not even going to try to defend the lies you spread, just going right to the personal attacks. No wonder 90% of your posts here get removed. Nobody cares if Mexico pays for the wall, only that it gets built. If anything, I’m thrilled to see you paying for it. Enjoy!
Jan. 19, 6:06 pm
Not surprised by your blatant stupidity, you're a trumpette says:
Imagine being naive enough to still support this grifter who in 2 years has destroyed the office of the presidency. Imagine being naive enough to ignore all the corruption that has come from his actions, his staff, and his policies. Imagine being naive enough to ignore all the daily articles outlining all of his corrupt & illegal actions and dismiss them as "fake news". Imagine being naive enough to ignore the thousands (literally thousands) of flat out lies and misleading information he has pushed on the country. Imagine being naive enough to ignore how he polarized the country. Imagine being naive enough to ignore the rising rate of hate crimes and antisemitism. Imagine being naive enough that you have someone pointing all this out to you. Imagine being naive enough to ignore all the [many many more] proven facts and say "Chuck and Nancy will be caving any day now". Imagine being naive enough that you will most likely not address any of these point in your reply. I am ashamed of people like you who call themselves patriotic Americans. What a farce.
Jan. 19, 6:52 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Imagine being gullible enough to still parrot fake news talking points in 2019. And the day after BuzzFeed was exposed too! Again with the personal attacks and lies. Great strategy when you’re getting schooled is to double down on what you got schooled on already, GJGE.
Jan. 19, 7:41 pm
Not surprised by your blatant stupidity, you're a trumpette says:
Imagine being gullible enough to still parrot the term "fake news" in 2019, a term invented by a slimy snake oil salesman. Imagine being gullible enough to still follow a leader who has lied and not delivered on almost every single point he campaigned on. At this point, I'd have more respect for you if you just admitted to being a staunch racist and that's why you support this rotten turd. You're so dumb and stubborn that you will never admit you got swindled. See ya, donkey.
Jan. 19, 8:06 pm

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