Unemployed NYers Call For Extension Of Jobless Benefits

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP/WCBS 880) — New York is preparing for the possibility that an extra 190,000 residents could lose emergency unemployment insurance benefits at year’s end if Congress fails to act next week, state Labor Commissioner Colleen Gardner said Friday.

“This is no time to cut off benefits,” Gardner said. “We still have a job market where there’s only one job opening for every five people looking for work.”

WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola with protesters

“We estimate that for every dollar invested in unemployment insurance benefits, close to $2 is spent in every local economy,” she added in a conference call with reporters. “That’s especially important between now and the end of the year as the holiday time approaches.”

More than 100,000 New Yorkers already have exhausted their emergency benefits. Some 30 percent of those have tapped public assistance, typically food stamps and sometimes the Medicaid health care program for the poor, Gardner said.

An additional 190,000 state residents could lose out by Jan. 1 or around 400,000 by May 1, she said.

Chanting “bail out the people not the banks,” long term unemployed people gathered on Varick Street Friday to demand Congress pass “Tier V” of employment benefits.

Jobless people are eligible for up to 99 weeks of benefits in most states. The first 26 weeks are paid by states. About 3.7 million draw them now.

Tier V, contained in the “Americans Want to Work Act,” would extend unemployment benefits beyond 99 weeks for those who have exhausted that amount.

Among those urging the government to act was 57-year-old Joe Stanick, an unemployed engineer from New Jersey, who said he wants a job, but everything he’s tried to get hired hasn’t worked.

“I go online, I do the traditional classified ads and in the papers, e-mail resumes, and snail mail resumes,” Stanick told WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola.

Republicans in Congress want spending cuts of $5 billion to $6 billion a month as a condition for extending emergency benefits scheduled to expire in December. Up to 2 million people could lose the benefits if the Democratic-controlled Congress doesn’t act in the postelection lame-duck session.

Democrats argue that the extended benefits should be paid for with deficit spending because it injects money into the economy. Jobless people immediately spend the cash, they explain. But Republicans note that the government had to borrow 37 cents of every dollar it spent last year, and it’s time to draw the line.

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  • D W

    How much does an unemployment extension cost the government ?
    And how much will the government lose if they pass the tax breaks for the rich ?
    What would cost them more money……yeah i know the rich need the tax break again so they can hire more people………….just like they’re doing now, and have been getting for how long ? Basically its welfare for the rich and nothing more, but they hide behind the ……it will create more jobs if we get our tax break extended

  • AmeericanWorker

    Whats funny about the trolls that come to post their hate on every story every written about the unempolyed. They prove how bad the job market is cause they have to sink so low and become a troll just to earn a living. Me I would rather do any other “work” than trash my fellow Americans.
    The point is to try to distract you from the issue that greed is crushing millions of good hard working Americans. Don’t let them get you off subject we the real people know its the right thing to do to give as many extentions as needed to keep going. If you are between 45 and 65 its almost impossible to get back into the workforce. That issue needs to be corrected.


      Thank you. Finaly someone has posted with both a heart AND A BRAIN!!
      BRAVO!! American Worker!!

  • gabsy

    It’s amazing how much protesting you can do when you don’t have a job to go to.

    With the bailout of the banks, the rescuing of the auto industry, the two wars and the much-needed extension of the Bush tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, these jobless folks sometimes forget that the government can’t give everyone money. What better place to draw the line than with the unemployed: They have no power, no one really cares about them, and they’re so dejected that it’s unlikely they’ll put up much of a fuss – as this event showed.

  • The Truth

    In regards to Nick the banks would have been bellyup if taxpayer money or corporate welfare was not given to them. Peter and Nick sound like some Jersey Shore type boys! I suspect one or both work at a bank or brokerage and come from a background who’s family was Union at one time. Lets see how they got those jobs. The Republican party and those cheap Tea Party members are the ones who ran the country into the ground. See the deficits from Reagan on down with the exception of Obama who is the only Democrat that allowed the deficit to ballon. The GOP is great at three card monty!

  • Bruce Leibowitz

    One last thing. 60+% of our national budget is spent on the war machine, bases all around the world including areas not having seen action since WW2. Instead of starving its citizens whom have worked all their lives until now, why not close a few bases in Europe and the South Pacific, and take those billions to save americans here? Besides, as an unemployed person, I still proudly pay my fair share of taxes on investments without crying for a tax break. Yet the rich are screaming about losing tax breaks on money they wont miss, but cry about poor people getting a few crumbs of bread. I am going to start calling the republicans and the tea party people the Marie Antoinnette party of let them eat cake!

  • Bruce Leibowitz

    Peter and Nick…At 58 years old, i worked for my last employer for 23 years until they went bankrupt due to republican fk up of the economy. i worked myself up from a simple office worker to someone earning almost $70,000 a year. i would do anyting if one of the hundreds of resumes i sent out would hire me. This lazy fk would love to see your face when you lose your jobs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • DanTe

      Based on your ideas of “Truth”, I would say you’re one of those that consistently make the wrong decisions your entire life. And you got yourself into that $70k job because you parked your arse there the longest. Here’s a hint: in a country with free education, and you have no skills – you F up. Now be like a good beggar and be polite when asking for handouts from your betters.

  • Celeste

    Nick and Peter, you do not know what you are talking about. My husband was there; he has applied to well over 500 jobs and he has been laid off not once but twice in the past 15 months. Plenty of job ads? Yes, and lots of them are scams and ripoffs. Lazy fks? I hope you both lose your jobs tomorrow. Then let’s hear you squawk.

  • Peter

    How about you go and look for a job instead of picketing and protesting for more government handouts on the backs of people who still are working.

  • Nick

    The banks paid back the government. And the U.S. made billion$ in profit from the bailout. The only lost from the bailout was the money given to lazy union shops like GM and Chrysler.

    These lazy fks just want free money to sit around doing nothing. Help wanted ads all over the place. But do you see these slime balls apply for the job? No. It’s “beneath” them.

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