Governor Cuomo was almost in tears when he found out that his state has more than 2 million people receiving over $10 billion in benefits. This is four times more than what was paid out this time last year. He is not crying and complaining about the people being out of work, but rather the money that he no longer gets to be in charge of as governor. He is only getting what he deserves from all the closures that he forced down the throats of people that wanted and needed to work.
Cuomo was against opening the state so people could work and get on with their lives. He was so scared of the virus that he was unwilling to loosen his hold on the state. But now that things have come full circle, he is getting what his socialist control has done to the state. There are millions out of work and having to claim a massive amount of benefits. At some point, he is going to have to let people get on with their lives even though there is a virus in the air.
The spike in claims is directly related to the closures that Cuomo put in place. The day he told people to stay home started the clock for the increase in jobless claims. The Labor Department has reported that 1.6 billion claims have been made through April 25. His state only constitutes a fraction of what is happening all over the country.
The report for New York stated that “1,194,933 people who filed for unemployment before April 22 have received their payments. 7,580 additional claims are missing information and cannot be processed and another 15,831 are going through final processing that includes a check for fraud and identity theft. The state has processed another 20,801 claims but hasn’t released those benefits because individuals haven’t submitted federally mandated weekly certifications.” These numbers have made Cuomo cry like a big baby.
What really takes the country by surprise is that Cuomo does not want people to know that he allowed outside companies to be hired to facilitate the payment of benefits. He should have used it in-state people and put New Yorkers to work before anyone else. Robert Mujica who is the NYS Budget Director stated that “Those contractors hired almost all New Yorkers. There is a case where one contractor hired some out-of-state workers. Our priority at the time is, and still is, getting as many people to work on those claims and get the claims out and delivered for all those who filed unemployment claims.”
This announcement really took Republicans by surprise because the Democrats are trying to keep their selfish agendas hidden from them. Republican Senator Robert Ortt stated that “It is obvious why they went to other states because they can pay these people less money. With the number of people who have not received a dime from the unemployment benefits they are owned, maybe they can go to work and help other people resolve their claims.” But Cuomo wanted to save money for his own purposes and not pay his own people that voted for him.
Ortt is not at all impressed with the Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon who has tried to smooth over the numbers and hide the fact that cheap Cuomo hired cheaper outside help. Ortt would go on to state that “If I were the governor, I would certainly ask for her resignation and ask her to step aside.” There needs to be a call for Cuomo’s resignation for trying to kill the elderly and hide the facts of the hiring of people administrate payments.
Mujica would go on the defense and say that “One hundred percent of our full-time employees are New York State workers. The vast majority of private contractors are using NYS employees. One contractor did some subcontracting, but our priority is, and was, getting those monies out as quickly as possible.” The Democrats in positions of authority do not think completely through their actions. Cuomo is having a hard time dealing with the consequences of his past terrible choices.