(Photo: Oberacker office)
Senator Peter Oberacker joined members of the Senate Republican Conference yesterday, calling on the legislature and Governor Cuomo administration to address the state’s unemployment system.
GOPers are calling for a full forensic audit and evaluation of New York’s information technology infrastructure, data use and management, policies, and procedures.
“Over a year into the pandemic and I still hear from constituents who are shut out by an ineffective, failing unemployment system,” said Senator Oberacker. “Additionally, many who never applied for assistance are now the victims of fraud. Individuals and families hanging on by a thread are not receiving crucial help, and crooks are taking advantage of a shoddy, vulnerable network.”
In addition, Senator Oberacker and the Senate Republican Conference is also calling for:
- An accurate and honest assessment of potential fraud and efforts to recoup it, particularly as the state’s unemployment insurance fund is facing a $10 billion deficit, leading to dramatic increases in costs to our small businesses;
- A state tax break of up to $10,200 on unemployment benefits collected during the pandemic last year, which would be in line with recently enacted federal exemption;
- A one-time forgiveness for unemployment overpayments which the state Department of Labor is currently trying to claw back from struggling New Yorkers.
“Along with providing immediate assistance to those currently suffering we must reinforce the overall effectiveness and security of our unemployment system – which is what my legislation and these Senate Republican initiatives will accomplish,” added Senator Oberacker. “Throughout the pandemic, New Yorkers have been hyper-reliant on technology to connect with critical services and benefits and the state has let down those most in need. Let’s help make people whole now and fix the system to protect against future failures,” Senator Oberacker concluded.”