ALBANY, N.Y. -- Certain unemployment benefits for thousands of people in the Capital Region are running out.
That's because congress left for the holiday without renewing The Extended Unemployment Compensation Program.
"I have two children, one starting college next fall. I'm more concerned about the long term, about being able to get him through college, being able for us to maintain our home and just the basic necessities," said Lisa Cicchinelli, who receives extended unemployment.
Cicchinelli is one of the 1.3 million unemployed Americans who have been out of work for more than 26 weeks, which means starting Sunday she'll no longer be eligible for unemployment benefits.
The State Labor Department confirms more than 100,000 New Yorkers will be effected -- nearly 4,700 of them live in the Capital Region.
On average, in New York, the benefits amount to $306 a week -- money that provides a safety net for the unemployed and helps them get by.
Those impacted have already been sent email notifications. Cicchinelli calls it disappointing, which is why she tells me she's written letters to her congressional representatives.
"People have a misconception about what unemployment is. There are people that obviously abuse the system but then there are people like myself who've been applying for jobs and are basically willing to take anything just to have a little bit of income," she said.