A Brooklyn lawmaker co-sponsored a jobs fair that charged unemployed workers a $20 entrance fee.
The event in Midwood was jointly promoted by the Orthodox Union and state Assemblyman Dov Hikind.The $20 admission fee — requested of people who failed to register in advance — shocked other politicos.
“I’ve never heard of an elected official holding a for-pay job fair. That’s not helpful to people who are unemployed,” said former Bronx Assemblyman Michael Benjamin.
“If you don’t get a job, you’re out of $20.”Hikind, who has $792,691 in his campaign treasury, defended the fee.
“There are expenses involved. It takes money to put this together,” Hikind said of the Jobs Fair held at Young Israel of Midwood on Thursday.