If any of our politicians need some extra money for their holiday shopping, we have good news.
A quick glance at the unclaimed funds list on the New York State Comptroller's website finds a large number of them are owed some of this "lost money." It's a bipartisan issue in both the State Assembly (Blankenbush, McLaughlin and Glick to name a few) and in the State Senate (Addabbo Jr. and Akshar among many). Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul can also be found.
Governor Andrew Cuomo does not appear on the list but several members of his family are on it, including brother Christopher, his mother Matilda and even his late father Mario Cuomo. The former governor is listed as having unclaimed money from several organizations including AIG Property Casualty Company, AARP, and Retirement Clearinghouse LLC.
It's not just Albany lawmakers on the list, though. Mulitiple members from the Congressional delegation can also be found, including Elise Stefanik, Paul Tonko and Grace Meng. Also found through a search: Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Preetinder Bharara, the full name of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and even rock legend Bruce Springsteen.
The Comptroller's Office does several outreach programs across the state during the year to increase public awareness. A report in July of this year listed the total of unclaimed funds to be around $14 billion. You can follow the link below to see if you are on the list and what you need to do to claim your funds.