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County Executive Joel A. Giambra is giving some job-hunting help to the county employees he is firing as part of the transition process.

The new administration has teamed with a private firm, Right Management Consultants, and Buffalo State College to offer "re-employment workshops" to people who had worked for the county under then-County Executive Dennis T. Gorski but are now jobless.

Giambra said the job-hunting help is the first time that such assistance has been offered to former county employees.

"In order to achieve the goals of my administration, tough policy-making decisions had to be made in order to eliminate duplication and streamline services," Giambra said. "And for the first time in Erie County history, the newly elected administration has developed a comprehensive plan to assist in a smooth transition process."

The workshops are being provided free by the consulting firm and Buffalo State College, county officials said. There is no cost to taxpayers for the services, they said.

In addition to offering job-search workshops, Buffalo State College has opened its Career Development Center to former county employees, to help them access job postings and resource libraries.

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