- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 10, 2014

Former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner is planning to open a restaurant to help create jobs in a Queens neighborhood devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

The Rockaway Restoration Kitchen’s stated mission is to aid the unemployed residents of Rockaway, Queens, CNN reported.

Mr. Weiner said he’s still raising money for the nonprofit kitchen, which he hopes will be operational “in about a year,” he told CNN.

“It’s more than just opening a restaurant,” he said. “We want to do something sustainable for the community while also providing healthy, local food options for the Rockaway population.”

A 13-week training program for new employees will cover kitchen training, as well as “professional appearance and life skills,” Mr. Weiner told CNN.

The program’s target population is unemployed residents who have had trouble finding work “because of [a] history of substance abuse, incarceration or health problems,” according to the restaurant’s website.

“It’s ridiculous that these people are not able to find jobs because of one blemish on their records,” Mr. Weiner said.

Mr. Weiner, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor of New York City last year, resigned in disgrace from Congress in 2011 after admitting to sending lewd messages to several women who were not his wife.

He gained national attention again in 2013 during his bid for mayor when he admitted to sexting a 22-year-old woman, Sydney Leathers, who profited off their relationship as a budding porn star.

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