Seasonal workers left wondering how they will make ends meet

The coronavirus pandemic has left seasonal workers, who rely on work during this time of year, wondering on how they will make ends meet.

News 12 Staff

May 27, 2020, 1:51 AM

Updated 1,458 days ago

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The coronavirus pandemic has left seasonal workers, who rely on work during this time of year, wondering on how they will make ends meet. 
Starting this week, Coney Island’s amusement area would’ve been busy now that the typical beach season is approaching.
 "It was fun. I really liked it. It kept me busy. I made a lot of friends,” said Samantha Iturralde. She is a student at Farleigh Dickinson University, but in the warmer months she’s a sales associate at the New York Aquarium. 
"It’s hard because I do have college tuition to pay and textbooks and things like that and I usually use this job in the summer to pay for it and save up but because I don't have a job it's difficult to figure out how to pay for next semester,” said Iturralde. 
She says it’s a job she loves and has come back to for two years, but since the lockdown began she’s been worried about her finances. 
This is the reality for many season workers in the city’s beach enclave, many of whom are high school or college students. 
While others remain optimistic that part of the season can still be salvaged, Dennis Vourderis, owner of Deno's Wonder Wheel Park, says they’re now looking to hire seasonal staff in hopes they can be up and running when given the green light.
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