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Deadline to apply for federal disaster unemployment aid extended for Sandy victims

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CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. - Governor Cuomo announced on Saturday that New Yorkers who have lost their job or income due to Hurricane Sandy now have an extended deadline to apply for federal disaster unemployment assistance.

The application has been extended from December 3rd, 2012 to February 4th, 2013.

Additionally, claimants now have up to 90 days to submit proof of employment or self-employment, and will be provided an IRS link to expedite the retrieval of lost or destroyed tax documents.

Disaster unemployment benefits are available to provide financial support to anyone who has lost their job and live or work in the Bronx, Kings, New York, Richmond, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester counties.

"Job loss due to a storm like Hurricane Sandy makes a horrible situation even worse," Governor Cuomo said. "With this extension, New Yorkers who may not have been able to apply for disaster unemployment assistance will have more time to do so."

Anyone unemployed as a result of Hurricane Sandy can submit a claim to the Department of Labor.

The criterion for collecting disaster assistance is broader than for collecting regular unemployment benefits.

Specifically, an individual can collect disaster assistance in any of the following cases:

  • Injured in the disaster and unable to work, whether the person is an employee or self-employed.
  • Workplace is damaged, or destroyed, or the person cannot work because of the disaster.
  • Transportation to work is not available because of the disaster.
  • Cannot get to work because they must travel through the affected area, which is impossible due to disaster.
  • Scheduled to begin working, but cannot because of the disaster.
  • Derived most of income from areas affected by the disaster, and business is closed or inoperable because of the disaster.
  • Is not otherwise eligible for regular unemployment benefits.


If anyone is uncertain about their own eligibility, he or she is encouraged to apply.

All applicants will be required to submit wage information and documentation supporting their application.

Examples of self-employment include small business owners, independent taxi drivers, vendors, independent commercial fisherman and farmers.

To apply for unemployment benefits or disaster unemployment assistance, those affected by the storm and have lost their job or income should call the Telephone Claims Center (TCC) at 1-888-209-8124, or 1-877-358-5306 if they live out of state.

Applicants should answer the questions to indicate they lost their job due to Hurricane Sandy.

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