NY unemployment benefits extension

New York governer Mr. David Paterson has signed a bill that extends unemployment benefits by extra 13 weeks. Paterson and lawmakers had to rewrite legislation in order to qualify for more than $645 million in federal stimulus money to help more unemployed New Yorkers for a longer time.

If you need NY unemployment details, check out New York Unemployment Benefits guide, that explains eligibility, weekly benefits amount etc.

Paterson said the extended benefits will not increase the unemployment insurance tax assessed on employers.
“Unemployment benefits are automatic stimulus, along with food stamps. People who are out of work still need to spend money,” Paterson said.

Previously, the unemployment benefit included 26 weeks of state benefits and 33 weeks of federal emergency benefits. New Yorkers receiving the benefit get $64 to $405 a week.

The law also allows employees to receive unemployment benefits if they must quit for “compelling family reasons.” It wouldn’t impose any cost on employers or require them to hold a job for the departing employee.

The statewide unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in March and it is above 9 percent in the Buffalo area.

The bill also makes certain clarifying changes in New York law to ensure that New York meets the federal requirements to receive ARRA funds for UI modernization. These amendments make clear that individuals who leave work because of compelling family circumstances, such as the illness of an immediate family member, domestic violence or the need to accompany a spouse who must move to take on new employment, will be eligible for UI. The bill also recognizes that part-time workers cannot be disqualified for UI benefits because they seek similar part-time work.

The inclusion of the Unemployment Insurance funding in the ARRA legislation succeeded in large part due to Governor Paterson’s national leadership and advocacy for unemployed workers. Last October, the Governor sent a letter to both presidential candidates, urging them to make the Unemployment Modernization Act a top priority. In November, Governor Paterson led a coalition of 18 governors who urged that the House and Senate leadership include the Unemployment Insurance Modernization Act as part of the economic recovery legislation. Following these efforts, the Governor wrote in December to then President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden, to emphasize the need to adopt Unemployment Insurance Modernization in any future stimulus package.

11/05/09: Update from State website:
On September 22, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation to extend Unemployment Insurance benefits for an additional 13 weeks for states, like New York, with consistently high unemployment rates. However, legislation to extend benefits must still pass the Senate and be signed into law. Therefore, this proposed extension is NOT in effect at this time. Please continue to claim weekly benefits in the usual manner. It is not necessary to file a new claim unless you are advised to do so. Please continue to check this web site for updates.

Currently, New York State provides 26 weeks of regular unemployment insurance benefits. An additional 53 weeks of unemployment benefits have been approved for claimants who meet certain criteria.

The first 33 weeks fall under the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Program, and are known as Emergency Benefits; the last 20 weeks fall under a different program titled the Extended Benefits (EB) Program, and are known as Extended Benefits. Per current Federal legislation, specific deadlines apply to the different extensions, and as a result, not all claimants are eligible for the full 53 additional weeks of benefits.

To check your eligibility for extended benefits, check NY Department of Labor website


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  6. Gennifer says:

    I first applied for unemployment, Jan 17.. i was denied and had a hearing and it went in my favor, h0w long will it now take, and will i get all that 11 weeks of back pay? the website said my one week waiting period started April 4. that was 4 days after hearing went in my favor..will i get that back pay? Or are they staring it like new from now so my first payment will only be for the 2 weeks?

  7. Shaun says:

    My OC was the week of may 10th, 2010 …
    my 26 weeks ends this month
    I’ve been searching everywhere … I cant get a representative on the phonen when I call … I cant find any info online to actually APPLY for an extension.
    Does anyone know if you have to actually file an extension via a online app or over the phone or what ?

  8. Cherryl says:

    I try to claimed my benefit but the system inform me to file a new claimed n I am trying since Monday by the phone # keep knocking me out n say that I should call again this week which I am doing all week please advice

  9. stina says:

    I just tried to file an umemployment claim and *argh*! I kept getting the run around between two phone numbers. The website said I couldn’t file online until I called one phone number. Calling that number got me referred to another phone number that then referred me to the previous number. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to file a new claim.

  10. keisha says:

    How long will it be before receive my unemployment extension check from nydol

  11. Carol says:

    I think they should hurry up with this extention! people in the ny state area are having problems with keeping up with their bills. we are having shut off notices from national grid, verizon, and getting behind in car payments, rent, mortage, doctor bills, credit card bills and so on!!!!!! we NEEDDDDD our unemployment extention!!!!! we did not ask to lose our job!!! we also NEED TO EAT!!!!! WHERE will we get the money if there are NOOOOOO JOBS in NY STATE !!!! who will feed us, and shelter us and keep us from losing our car!!! we EARNED EVERY PENNY OF THE BENEFITS!!!!! WE DESERVE TO GET THEM!!! WE PAY into the SYSTEM so GIVE BACK TO US!!!!!

  12. Nicole says:

    Dave Massaro – Did your girlfriend ever get her money from unemployment? I am having the exact same problem.

  13. Ray says:

    BIll – I think the maximum number of weeks allowed is 72 in NY. You should be able to renew after you exceed your first 20 weeks.

  14. Bill says:

    i am currently on my 8th week of emergency benifits. i have 12 weeks of that left which will take me to the 17th of january, i was in the military and became a NYS Lisenced Security Gaurd. have gone from buffalo to NYC looking for jobs, have had interviews all over NY and when they ask if i have a degree and i say “no” their first responce is im sorry but this posistion requires a degree. i have also taken every civil service test that has been given since january 09, have scored high 90’s and still nothing has come of them. will the state extend benefits again and will i receive anything from it when they do cause the job market is not looking good and i have twins on the way, they will be here in 3 months. what am i going to do,

  15. amber says:

    has anyone heared anything about the extended benefits for ny state oct 09? i know they are working on passing the extention but its been 3 weeks since my last payment. i have no funds… bills are piling up and i dont know what to do.i continue to claim each monday but my balance still says O.OO … im almost 6 months preg. and nobody is going to hire me any time soon!!!!! i feel so helpless and stuck i want to cry or rob a store.

  16. Dave Massaro says:

    I would like to file a complaint against the NYS unemployment insurance system. How do I go about doing that? My girlfriend’s unemployment payments were stopped and then she won them back. It is going on three weeks since they decided to give her the back unemployment benefits, but the people at the NYS unemployment do nothing but give her the run-around. It shouldn’t take more than an hour for one person to calculate the back pay and apply it to her unemployment account. All they say is that the payments have been processed and approved, but it will take a week to get her the money. Meanwhile her electrcity has been shut off and more utlities will follow. She called NYS unemployment this morning and was told another 48 to 72 hours. Something has to be done about this ridiculous hold up of the benefits.

  17. Ross M. says:

    NY state passed legislation in May and it will extend benefits to unemployed New Yorkers. These changes will extend the benefits by 13 weeks which result in a total of 72 weeks.

  18. Pete says:

    Above post, I worked in NYS and collect in NYS

    Thanks again

  19. Pete says:

    My 26 weeks are up in two weeks. My original filing was in April 2009 and expires. First payment was 4/19/2009 and last will be 10/18/2009, 26 weeks totl. I send out nearly 20 resumes per week. My current benefits are $405 plus Fed $25. Is there a delay in extended benefits? Is there a reduction in benefit amounts? Or do I receive nothing after the 10/18/2009?


  20. My unemployment benefits will expire within the month. Please advise as to how to file for an extension of benefits. Thank you, Florence

  21. My unemployment will expire in four weeks. Please advise how to file for an extentsion of benefits. Thank you for your prompt response. florence

  22. kbhat says:

    You can file extension of unemployment benefits with New York State Department of Labor – https://ui.labor.state.ny.us/UBC/home.do?FF_LOCALE=1

    New York State provides 26 weeks of regular unemployment insurance benefits. However, due to the high unemployment rate in the State, an additional 53 weeks of unemployment benefits have been approved, but not all claimants are eligible for the full 53 additional weeks of benefits.

    According the NY dept. of labor, Extended Benefits (20 weeks) are available to individuals who exhaust all 33 weeks of Emergency Benefits. However, the last payable week of Extended Benefits is the week ending December 27, 2009. Note: This means the individual must have filed their initial claim for regular unemployment benefits effective on or before Monday, October 27, 2008.

  23. Rachel Slater says:

    my benifits are up next week..i have a job coming up in October,how can i apply for the unemployment extension online??

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