NY Senate Republicans call for immediate reform to unemployment system

Dan Levy
Created: May 04, 2021 07:05 PM

Republicans in the New York State Senate called for immediate reform to what they say is a broken unemployment system.

Those lawmakers are pointing out that more than a year after the pandemic began, and millions of New Yorkers lost their jobs, many are still struggling to be made whole.

Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt said Tuesday he can't think of a bigger issue than the state unemployment system, and how at a moment when every New Yorker needed the government's help, the result, in his opinion, was abject failure.

Those sentiments led to the introduction of legislation designed to remedy the unemployment system, and to provide relief for New Yorkers who continue to struggle as a result of the pandemic.

Specifically, Senate Republicans are calling for a complete forensic audit of the state's information technology systems, so that failures and weaknesses can be identified, and then strengthened in order to avoid future catastrophic failures.

In addition, there is a call for an accurate and honest assessment of potential fraud and efforts to cover it up, at a time when the state's unemployment insurance fund is facing a $10 billion deficit.

Hear the personal struggle of an unemployed New Yorker who had her identity stolen, and hasn't received a payment since February by watching the video of Dan Levy's story.


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