On Thursday people who rely on unemployment benefits to survive during the pandemic were hit by some good news and some bad news.
The bad news is the Senate failed to reach an agreement on the Republican stimulus plan. The $650 billion relief bill included money for schools, small businesses and additional unemployment benefits. All Democrats present, and one Republican (Rand Paul) opposed the bill in a 52-47 vote.
The good news for us in New York is that residents who certified for unemployment in August may be eligible for $300 / week in extra benefits.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released funding to New York for the weeks ending Aug. 2, Aug. 9, and Aug. 16.
So if you were unemployed during those weeks, you should be eligible for the money. Watch your email for any notices for the NYS Department of Labor which may require you to recertify. That certification system will launch on Friday.
The aid comes after the state applied for a piece of the $44 billion in federal unemployment aid made available Aug. 8 by President Donald Trump.