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Unemployment Extension Eiligibilty Begins Phase Out | NYS UI Offline Important Updated

Albany, N.Y. (Mar 28) – New York State Dept. of Labor’s Unemployment Claims Center is offline. Several attempts to reach the site have failed. At this time we are unable to determine the cause.

Persistent efforts may render the page viewable, and the unemployed  individual wishing to begin the “Claiming of Weekly Benefits” process will receive more than likely and error page, “We’re sorry, we are unable to serve you at this time due to technical difficulties or scheduled downtime for internal processing.”

Further instructions indicate to utilize the telephone claim center, which in fact is inoperable at this time as well. No indications of whether this is a technical glitch or a “DoS” attack. WorldNewsVine will attempt to contact technical personnel associated with both the Department of Labor and N.Y.S. Office of Technology to determine if the “system” will become available prior to midnight tonight March 28, 2010.

The question being, how will this affect those wishing to move to their “Tier I” EUC benefits? With the deadline set to cut-off today, this will in fact affect thousands of unemployed New York State Workers. In accordance of the current law, eligibility for meeting that requirement expires at midnight tonight.

On March 2, 2010, Congress approved, and the President signed into law legislation to extend the eligibility dates for benefit extensions. As a result, individuals who exhaust regular unemployment benefits by March 28, 2010, or a tier of EUC by April 4, 2010, will be able to move to the next tier.

The additional 73 weeks of benefits are currently provided under two separate programs that allow unemployed individuals to continue receiving benefits after running out of their regular state benefits. These programs are:

* Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) – providing 53 weeks of emergency benefits
* Extended Benefits (EB) – providing 20 weeks of extended benefits.

It is important to note that each program has its own timeframes and deadlines, and therefore, not all claimants are eligible for the full 53 weeks of Emergency Benefits and the 20 weeks of Extended Benefits.

We are encouraging our readers to report problems regarding any system failures and/or malfunctions in your area so that, a resolution to this problem or near future problems may be obtained, and if necessary requesting intervention by the United States Department of Labor with a request to temporarily “waive” any rejected claims due to system malfunctions in New York State, and elsewhere throughout the country.

Update

4:22pm – Brent from NYS has informed WorldNewsVine that the NYS UI System now appears to be functional.

4:25pm – Another viewer is reporting the system is down once again

5:05 pm Reports still coming in the site/phone system is still unavailable

6:25pm Jack reports “Since 12 am yesterday the site hasnt responded”

March 29 – Representative Tonko’s office replied that they were forwarding the information along to NYSDOL for answers

2:43 pm – The U.S. Department of Labor replied, “Your request has been referred to the Office of Unemployment Insurance (OUI) for action.”

IMPORTANT UPDATE

March 29, 2009 4:31 pm — Congressman Tonko’s office following up regarding requests for assistance regarding Sunday’s technical problems with the NYS UI Claimant system.

Albany, N.Y. – Congressman Tonko’s Communications Director, Beau Duffy has just provided WorldNewsVine with this important update information, “NYS DOL says claimants will have until Saturday (4/3) to certify, which is their normal course of action. However, their payment will be delayed because they are certifying past the deadline.”

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24 Responses to Unemployment Extension Eiligibilty Begins Phase Out | NYS UI Offline Important Updated

  1. Editor

    March 28, 2010 at 11:00 am

    We’ve received two responses, earlier today from Representative Tonko’s office and just know from the U.S. Dept. of Labor
    The U.S. Department labor responded, “Your request has been referred to the Office of Unemployment Insurance (OUI) for action. “

    Attention all NYS residents that have responded to this article. I have sent emails to all of our respective “press” contacts looking for a resolve to this situation.

    IMPORTANT UPDATE

    March 29, 2009 4:31 pm — Congressman Tonko’s office following up regarding requests for assistance regarding Sunday’s technical problems with the NYS UI Claimant system.

    Albany, N.Y. – Congressman Tonko’s Communications Director, Beau Duffy has just provided WorldNewsVine with this important update information, “NYS DOL says claimants will have until Saturday (4/3) to certify, which is their normal course of action. However, their payment will be delayed because they are certifying past the deadline.”

    That is to say, I have asked the question, “Will there be a resolve for all those, possibly thousands of New York State residents currently unemployed, that by no fault of their own, missed the March 28, 2010 deadline to apply for “Tier I” benefits due to a “site outage” regarding the NYS Department of Labor’s UI Certification web site, and phone system”

    Keep an eye on WorldNewsVine for we will post this information as soon as we receive a response.

    Please continue to post any problems you have experienced, as well as invite those you may know that have also experienced problems today, and request them to visit the site and post their findings. We would like to be able to provide a “list” of those that have missed this crucial cut-off date to the proper agencies within the Federal Government

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    • Jack Jenkins

      March 28, 2010 at 6:25 pm

      Since 12 am yesterday the site hasnt responded this is B.S.!

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      • Editor

        March 28, 2010 at 6:38 pm

        My guess is that when they began making modifications to the database link between the “feds” site and NYS database someone messed something up… I will do some research on this issue and post in a bit

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  4. John Acksen

    March 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I find it amazing that the NY State site for Unemployment has as many problems on a regular basis as further indicated today, March 28th, 2010. In particular one would think with DEADLINES being posted that the state would make every effort possible to correct problems of this nature, bearing in mind the potential problems it can create for millions. I would hope that this information is passed on to the Fereral Government so they can strongly advise corrective measures to insure the safety of so many unemplyed Americans.

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    • maschwar

      March 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm

      Gee I wonder if this was a GOP-sponsored Denial of Service attack.

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  5. Downstate

    March 28, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Typical Albany bullshit. Anyone shocked here? Please.

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    • Editor

      March 28, 2010 at 3:02 pm

      Are you still experiencing difficulties?

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      • KT

        March 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm

        yes! i can’t certify my claim!

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  6. brent

    March 28, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    The website is finally working again I have been trying all day to get on this website and I hope that they are able to process my benefits because I usually file at midnight on saturday night so that they deposit the funds by tuesday night into my bank…. this could screw up a lot of stuff

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    • Editor

      March 28, 2010 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks for the update Brent… it would appear so far, NYS was the only site effected…

      It could simpy have been that those that usually wait until Monday, or Tuesday to certify for benefits, decided that with the deadline looming today would be the appropriate day to do so…

      My guess is that the checks could in fact be running late due to the high volume ro whatever the problem was today

      Again, Thanks for the update

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      • DC

        March 28, 2010 at 3:25 pm

        The website is up but it’s not letting you process through to report and claim your benefits – at the last screen where it should tell you you’ve reported, you get a message that the webpage can’t be displayed.

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        • Editor

          March 28, 2010 at 3:28 pm

          DO NOT CLOSE YOUR BROWSER (REFRESH THE SCREEN AND ANSWER YES TO THE POP-UP TO TRY AGAIN)

          That is a “cookie based” system

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  7. Austin

    March 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    UI site still down here, 4:40am. The login screen seems to work intermittently for me, but after many attempts that either ended right away at an error screen or the PIN Number entry screen at best, I found your article through a google search and realized it wasn’t just me. Hopefully they’ll have it back up soon!

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    • Scott W.

      March 28, 2010 at 3:55 pm

      I was able to complete my claim about an hour ago, I did experience all the problems those above had mentioned… What I did was simply not close my browser and hit “Refresh [F5]” and when prompted to “resend” answered yes… it took several attempts at it over several hours however, I was able to complete my claim..

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  9. Guest

    March 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I also have been trying to two hours and also can’t get through the phone lines to make a claim.

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  10. joe

    March 29, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Yay New Found Money! NEW ‘COLLATERAL’ FOR ‘REVENUE ANTICIPATION BOND’

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  11. greatlover

    March 29, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    OK my claim wasn’t deposited to my bank account during last week. I certified for this week yesterday before midnight.

    Did anyone else’s check not get deposited last week???

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    • Editor

      March 29, 2010 at 1:30 pm

      Did you login to your account and check to see if you were issued a check? I do believe they will give you a reason as to why or when or what to do if you have not received payment

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  12. chiliboots

    March 29, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    It has happened, before, and it is deliberately done.

    There needs to an investigation, and severe repercussions.

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  13. cherl

    March 30, 2010 at 8:44 am

    American People – Next election stand up and be heard – FIRE THEM ALL – EVERY last congressman no matter the party – How many years have you paid taxes? Your government bails out bankers, wall street execs using your tax dollars – but unemployment is allowed to expire? How utterly irresponsible is it of your congressmen to go on vacation when without bothering to address how you will put food on your table? Next election – let Congress feel the sting of the unemployment lines!!!

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