ALBANY – Republicans in New York State’s Senate are calling for a fix to the state’s “broken” unemployment system.
State Senator George Borrello joined several of his colleagues in the Senate Minority Conference for a press conference at West Capitol Park in Albany on Tuesday.
The group says that the state’s unemployment system has been a disaster for over a year, and that the legislature needs to act fast to aid struggling New Yorkers.
They are calling for a complete forensic audit of the state’s IT, a formal assessment of fraudulent claims, efforts to recoup money from those fraudulent claims, a tax break of up to $10,200 on unemployment benefits for 2020 and forgiveness for unemployment overpayments.
“We cannot effectively reform this broken system unless we first have full transparency surrounding its operations and problems, particularly the magnitude of fraud losses,” said Borrello. “The Department of Labor’s persistent refusal to answer questions about how much money was stolen from taxpayers is troubling and yet another instance of this administration’s lack of openness on critical data that should be public record.”
Borrello says California, and many other states, have reported on their losses due to fraudulent claims and New York State should do the same.