WIB Meeting Minutes



OCTOBER 19, 2000

  1. Introductions

The meeting began at 8:50 A.M. Chairperson Steinger asked all in attendance to introduce themselves.

2. Review of Minutes

At the request of the Chairperson, the WIB reviewed the minutes from the meeting of June 22, 2000. On a motion offered by Kathleen Lynch-Naidich and seconded by Rosanne Maraia, the minutes were approved.

3. Commissioner's Remarks

On behalf of Commissioner Boone, Deputy Commissioner Ana-Maria Hurtado welcomed the members, thanked them for attending and offered best wishes for a successful meeting.

  1. Training Proposal Review

Elvira Lovaglio-Duncan, Chairperson of the Training Subcommittee, described the process undertaken to review proposals submitted by training providers in response to the Training Request For Proposals (RFP)/Request For Applications (RFA). The RFP/RFA was conducted in February of 2000. Proposals were received from 34 institutions for 193 courses. The subcommittee reviewed proposals with attention to a number of issues, including: cost, performance outcomes and EEO compliance. Deputy Commissioner Hurtado explained that once the WIB has developed its list of approved vendors, then those vendors and courses must be entered and approved on the State Labor Department’s Web based training vendor listing. The WIB was supplied with a list of providers and courses that the committee recommended for approval. A motion was offered by Matthew Dwyer to accept the proposals recommended by the Subcommittee. The motion was seconded by Warren Brath and approved by the members.







4. Youth Program Report

On behalf of Ronnie W. Lawrence, Chairperson of the Youth Council, Carol Ransom provided a report on the Summer Employment Opportunities component of the Hempstead Works System for Program Year 2000. Under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act, 168 youth were enrolled. 203 were enrolled under the Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF) Program, for a total of 372. 28 of the TANF enrollees participated in the Long Island Staff Development Program at SUNY Farmingdale and United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. Opportunities were provided at 126 work sites through 16 school districts. The following services were provided: assessment, counseling, work experience, academic and occupational learning, job shadowing and job placement.

Lois Neuwirth indicated that the Long Island Staff Development Program was a wonderful experience for the United Cerebral Palsy organization, which provided work sites for some of the participants. She indicated that they were treated as staff and that they gained valuable exposure to dealing with the disabled community. Matt Dwyer stated that the City of Long Beach also had a very positive experience with the program.

5. Memoranda of Understanding (MOU)

Rosanne Maraia provided an update concerning the MOU negotiations for our area. All of the local partners that were required to sign MOUs with the WIB have executed these documents. Ms. Maraia described how the process of identifying shared core services, creating a non-duplicative system, allocating each partner’s share of the system costs and complying with state guidelines was successfully completed. The MOU is a living document that will be amended as the need arises. Ms. Maraia recognized the work and cooperation of the partners in finalizing the MOUs. She also congratulated Scott Surkis, Fiscal Manager for a job well done. At Ms. Maraia’s suggestion, it was agreed that a copy of the final MOU "Cost Sharing Plan" will be provided to each member.

  1. Items for Discussion
  1. Skill and Labor Shortages
  2. Warren Brath informed the WIB that a severe labor shortage exists in the graphic design industry. Ms. Lovaglio-Duncan stated that there was a shortage in the retail industry and that this demand could be met by training older workers and youth. Louise Rotchford stated that through the Corporate Training Program at Nassau Community College she has witnessed a great demand for customer service representatives, machinist and electronic technicians. Ms. Neuwirth suggested that the WIB identify positions that are suitable to individuals with disabilities. Mr. Dwyer echoed the need to focus in this area.








  3. State Workforce Investment Board Minutes

The members were provided with a copy of the minutes of the State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB) meeting that was conducted on September 12, 2000. In addition, copies of the following were distributed to the members:

  • National Association of Workforce Boards publication entitled: "PUTTING YOUR WIB ON THE POLITICAL MAP;"
  • The training guide distributed at the session conducted by Greg Newton on October 4, 2000 at the Woodbury Country Club entitled: "LOCAL WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARDS: SUPPORTING BUSINESSES IN BUILDING WORKFORCE SKILLS."

Edward Kenny stated that the issue discussed under Section 6 (a) above, regarding which industries to target, is one of the nine policy questions posed by Greg Newton in his training guide and in the SWIB minutes. It was agreed that the balance of the questions will be discussed at future WIB meetings. Ms. Maraia stated that more business involvement was needed by the WIB. The members discussed various means of involving businesses. Mr. Kenny described a planned survey to employers regarding incumbent worker training, recruitment of new employees, on-the-job training and customized training programs. He stated that this initiative may stimulate more participation among businesses.

  1. Learning About WIB Members and Organizations

The members discussed the prospect of spotlighting individual members during future meetings. The purpose of this activity would be to afford members the opportunity to network and better understand each other’s organizations. The Chairperson asked the members to volunteer to participate in this activity.

7. New Business

No new business was discussed.

8. Adjournment

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Mr Brath. The motion was seconded by Mr. Goldstein and carried unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 10:08 A.M.