Gov. Cuomo directs state agencies to assist furloughed federal workers during shutdown

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo directed state agencies to provide support for federal workers affected by the federal government shutdown.

The governor’s office says the New York State Department of Labor has been directed to provide increased support to workers seeking unemployment insurance benefits and the State’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance to help those working without pay to apply for and obtain public assistance benefits.

Some furloughed federal workers or federal employees who are still working and not receiving a paycheck may still be eligible for some benefits.

Visit the following websites for more information on eligibility and how to apply – or go to their local department of social services orNew York City Job Center.

To see if you qualify or to apply for unemployment insurance benefits call 1-888-209-8124 and you will be able to speak with Department of Labor specialists who can assist you in quickly receiving the benefits you need. The call center is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday. You can also apply through DOL’s website:

If you are interested in learning more about finding temporary or part-time job opportunities visit the Department of Labor Career Centers in your area or call 1-888-469-7365. Or you can go you the website at

The governor’s office says the New York State Public Service Commission announced today that New York’s major electric and gas utilities are implementing special collection practices for customers furloughed and those working without pay due to the federal government shutdown.

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