You Could Be Owed Some Money Without Knowing It — Here’s How To Claim That Cash


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Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz is partnering up with New York City Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to help folks claim money they may be owed.

Cymbrowitz is holding an event at his office in Sheepshead Bay at 1800 Sheepshead Bay Rd on Thursday, October 27 from 10am to 1pm. Officials from the Comptroller’s office will be there to help people fill out the forms to see whether or not there is money of theirs to be claimed, according to Cymbrowitz’s chief of staff Lenny Markh.

“They don’t necessarily have to be large; you could be owed like $15,” said Markh. “You might have called to close a T-Mobile account a decade ago and didn’t know you were owed $15, and they had no way to credit it to you.”

This reporter put his name into the comptroller’s database, and could possibly be owed money from an ancient savings account that was reported in 2010.

State law states that the unaccounted-for money needs to be remitted one way or another, according to Markh, and the state’s Comptroller office is the one that tracks the money.

New York State apparently has $13 billion that is waiting to be claimed, according to Kings County Politics, so neighbors are urged to go to Cymbrowitz’s office on Thursday to find out if any of that fortune belongs to them.

You can go through this process on your own via this website. However, there is a lot of forms to be filled out and mailed, which is where Cymbrowitz’s Unclaimed Funds Day comes in.

“Although it’s available online through the comptroller’s office to find out if you are owed money, people often have questions or they need some assistance filling out to forms to make sure the information is correct,” said Markh. “So we’re partnering with the comptroller’s office to help people see if they’re owed money.”

Markh’s father previously went through the process and was able to get $20 back that he didn’t realize was rightfully his. His wife is also possibly owed money and is currently going through the process to see if the money is indeed her’s.

“Lots of people get a little money out of it,” said Markh.

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