Lavine Votes to Extend Unemployment Benefits

March 29, 2011

Glen Cove – Many unemployed New Yorkers affected by the economic downturn will now be able to receive much-needed help because of legislation passed by the Assembly and signed into law. Extending unemployment benefits is a fundamental step toward strengthening New York’s economy. Without this legislation, the state would have lost $620 million in federally funded unemployment benefits – money that those searching for jobs rely on.

"Over 160,000 unemployed New Yorkers will be affected by this law – helping them make ends meet and get back on their feet. While the falling unemployment rate provides a hopeful outlook for New York’s recovery, there’s still a long way to go. This law will extend unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks and help ensure that struggling families who rely on these benefits get the help they need while focusing their efforts on finding a job," said Lavine.