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Will There Be Another Unemployment Extension For New York City?

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NY State Extends Unemployment Benefits
With the state jobless rate at, by the latest numbers, 7.8% (in NYC, the rate is 8.1%) and prospects of an economic recovery slow at best, the NY Times reports, "Lawmakers in Albany agreed on Tuesday to change the state's unemployment insurance system in order to prevent more than 100,000 New Yorkers from running out of jobless benefits starting later this month." The State Legislature must vote on the changes which "are intended to make New York eligible to collect $645 million in federal stimulus money for its unemployment insurance system. Most of that money — $370 million — would extend benefits to people who have been collecting unemployment pay for more than a year. The rest would go toward closing a gap in the state's insolvent unemployment fund." Apparently Albany has given up on trying to revamp the entire system (which gives a max of $430/week in benefits, $150 less than states like NJ and Connecticut) in order to at least get the benefits extension done.

By Jen Chung in News on May 13, 2009 9:57 AM 8 Comments 0 Liked Like?
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According to ABC, unemployment for many will run out in May so an anticipated additional 13 weeks is in the works.
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New York should get the extension when the senate can agree on where the money should come from please call the senate In New York so they pass the bill
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Is there an option to accept a new unemployment claim or get an extension on previous claim at end of the benefit year.disparity between two is 340 dollars
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To push for extended benefits in NEW YORK that will expire on May 17, 2009, please call (518) 455-2460 (Senator Carl Kreuger's office) and (518) 455-3486 (George Oronato's office).

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