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New York pays excluded employees $250M in COVID benefits

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Workers who are in the country illegally and are not eligible for other COVID-19 unemployment compensation programs have received $250 million so far from a $2 billion fund set up by the state, according to the state's governor on Friday.

Kathy Hochul, the governor, said that the state is evaluating an extra $600 million in benefits that may be released by the end of September.

A total of nearly 90,000 New Yorkers have applied for the program since it began on August 31. Spanish was the language of choice for about one-third of the applications received.

As of now, Hochul estimates that 50,000 applications have been accepted.

According to Hochul, payments are being disbursed sooner than the six- to eight-week time period that had been predicted.

Thousands of New Yorkers who were essential to keeping our state operating during the darkest times of the epidemic rely on the Excluded Workers Fund, and that is why I have worked to get money out the door as soon as possible, Hochul added.

The state Labor Department's contact center may help applicants who submit their applications online.

"We've been holding daily clinics to help hundreds of immigrant workers and their families in applying for the Excluded Worker Fund," said Manuel Castro, executive director of the New Immigrant Community Empowerment group.

In New York City, which was the heart of the epidemic when COVID-19 struck, immigrant laborers were doing vital tasks on the front lines, according to Cuba. They were barred from any kind of pandemic assistance after losing their jobs, according to the article.

Individual taxpayer-identification numbers, which are required to apply for such jobs, have been unable to be obtained for thousands of eligible New Yorkers due to a backlog at the Internal Revenue Service.

According to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, applicants may provide evidence of a pending individual taxpayer identification number as well as a stamped W-7 form to be considered for a tax exemption.

Governor Kathy Hochul said on her first day in office that she will concentrate her efforts on delivering COVID-19 relief to New Yorkers as quickly as possible.

In the final months of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration, she and others claimed that such programs, which included a rental relief fund worth more than $2 billion, failed to provide enough assistance to New Yorkers, as he battled allegations that he had abused his power, including by sexually harassing current and former aides, among other allegations.

During an appearance on NY1's "Inside City Hall with Errol Louis" on August 26, Hochul stated, "People are simply weary or exhausted, and they see government as being dysfunctional."

“Why isn't the money being used to help people with their rent?” says the author. We're not sure why, but the excluded employees aren't getting their paychecks. ”What is the reason why small companies are still waiting for help?” According to her, I've gotten my hands on everything, so to speak.

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