Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I-Schoharie) and State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli are encouraging residents affected by recent flooding to search the Comptroller’s Unclaimed Funds database to claim money they may be entitled to as they recover from the devastation caused by Tropical Storms Irene and Lee. Currently, the Village of Schoharie alone lists over 500 individual accounts with a collective total of more than $140,000 in unclaimed funds.
“By taking just a few minutes to check our database, flood victims may find money that belongs to them,” said Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. “We want to return these funds to their rightful owners, and we will have staff on hand to assist them in the village of Schoharie on October 29.”
“The impact of the back-to-back storms has been devastating to the families, farms and businesses in my Assembly District,” said Assemblyman Lopez. “Although we realize that not every resident will have unclaimed funds, and that these monies can’t replace a home or a lifetime of memories lost in the floods, any little bit helps. I’d like to thank Comptroller DiNapoli for his great concern for the community, and encourage all my neighbors to contact us for assistance in finding out if there may be funds available for them.”
To help flood victims in their search, staff from the Comptroller’s Office of Unclaimed Funds will be at the Parrot House, at 294 Main Street in Schoharie, this Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 9 am to 3 pm.
At the event, staff from Comptroller DiNapoli’s office will assist residents from Schoharie and surrounding communities without Internet access to find out if they have unclaimed funds, and to complete the required form. While this event is targeted for residents in and around Schoharie, the Comptroller’s office is hosting similar events in other hard-hit areas.
In the meantime, residents with Internet access can visit the Comptroller’s website to check for unclaimed funds by going to www.osc.state.ny.us and clicking on “search for lost money,” or by calling toll free at 1-800-221-9311. Residents of the 127th Assembly District (including portions of Chenango, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie and Ulster counties) also may contact any of Assemblyman Lopez’s district offices:
113 Park Place, Suite 6
Schoharie, NY 12157
45 Five Mile Woods Road, Suite 3
Catskill, NY 12414
21 Liberty Street
Sidney, NY 13838
429 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248
If you are unable to complete your claim online, you can submit the required claim forms to any of Assemblyman Lopez’s district offices, Schoharie Mayor John Borst’s office or directly to the Comptroller’s office:
256 Main Street
Schoharie, NY 12157
John Laurent, Regional Director
Office of the State Comptroller
110 State Street, 15th Floor
Albany, NY 12236