ITHACA, N.Y. — If you’re looking for some missing cash in between couch cushions, you may want to consider checking in with New York State too. 

The State Comptroller’s office is putting on a publicity tour for its online database of “unclaimed funds.” According to the Comptroller’s office, Tompkins County residents and organizations are associated with over $19.6 million in unclaimed funds. Contributing to this cache of cash are sources such as the remainders of old bank accounts, lost paychecks, uncashed checks, and untapped insurance claims.

Past and present residents of New York, as well as organizations and businesses in the state, can use the database’s search function to see if they are eligible to claim some of the funds from the $17.5 billion in lost money that the state says it oversees. Claims can be initiated on the same page. 

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said in a released statement that the state has returned over $348 million in unclaimed funds in 2022 alone. 

“The process is simple,” said Dinapoli. “Search for yourself, or for family members, friends, neighbors, churches, synagogues, mosques, or any organization you care about and let them know that they may have money owed to them.”

Jimmy Jordan

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