NEW YORK STATE (WSYR-TV) — “When it wasn’t in the account today, yeah, I pushed the panic button,” Pamela Byrne said.
Byrne is in the same boat as millions of other New Yorkers. For 17 years, she was working as a personal transport assistant at ARC of Seneca and Cayuga. Then the pandemic hit and she lost her job.
Now, she relies on the unemployment money she gets each week as a recipient of Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, or FPUC.
“This is the first time in my life I’ve ever claimed unemployment and the $600 is a lifeline,” Byrne said.
So when millions of people checked their bank accounts Monday morning expecting to see a payment in process and they didn’t, they were scared they’d been cut off.
It turns out that the New York State Department of Labor updated its system Sunday, causing a delay in the release of that money.
A representative for the Department of Labor tells NewsChannel 9 that UI and PUA payments were not impacted, but the issue with the FPUC money is corrected. Those payments processed Monday and those who are eligible will get their money this week.
It is a relief for many, though people like Byrne wish they could get back to work, they don’t have a choice.
“So many people feel that this may not be needed, whether it be because they’re earning three figures or more, and so they’re not in the mindset of where us middle class people are,” Byrne said.
As a reminder, under the current regulations, FPUC benefits in New York will end the week of July 26.