Workers out of a job at local community center


A community is still scrambling after the Cohoes Community Center suddenly closed its doors on Friday.

Members of the governor’s Rapid Response Team are helping out the 72 employees who are without jobs.

“I was just devastated when I found out they closed. What am I gonna do now?” Larry Ostrander, a member, said.

Many community members are still in shock and are left wondering how the center could get almost half a million dollars in debt and close so abruptly. In fact, the debt was so severe, the center couldn’t afford to pay its 72 employees for their final week of work. 

Assemblyman John McDonald says the ultimate goal is to reopen the center in the future.

NEWS10 ABC went to the ousted director’s home to get some answers as to the non-profit’s decline but Curtis Hovey didn’t want to talk. 

Until that day comes, employees at the center will have to find work elsewhere.

Several companies and nonprofits, including the Boys and Girls Club are recruiting on Monday.

The city school district is working out alternatives for daycare.

Donations for former employees are being collected by the United Church of Cohoes to help cover their final paychecks which they haven’t received. 

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