An extension of benefits allows a continuation of unemployment compensation payments beyond the standard 26 week period. Moreover, it would also help the people who are out of work and facing difficulty to find a new job in an economy in recession.
There are two types of extended unemployment benefits:
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC): Emergency Unemployment Compensation offers additional weeks just after the expiry of your regular initial 26 weeks period.
Extended Benefits (EB): Under Extended Benefits, the additional extension of benefits is offered once EUC is exhausted and the time taken to receive the additional benefits.
New York Unemployment Office website has every detail of when and how benefits will be paid as well as who qualifies for these extended benefits. The only way to avoid unemployment scams is to claim for extended benefits through your state employment office as you are not allowed to apply on third party websites, even if they say they will file for you.