New York: Call for Executive and Legislative Support

June 16, 2020

New York: Call for Executive and Legislative Support

As nonprofits face unprecedented financial challenges due to COVID-19, your action is needed in requesting the State of New York to waive the remaining 50% reimbursable unemployment charges after the 50% provided in the CARES Act. Contact Governor Cuomo and your legislators via phone and email asking the following:


We are requesting a waiver from the State of New York’s requirement that reimbursing employers reimburse the State for unemployment charges when those charges are for COVID-19 related unemployment claims.


FIRST, please call and email your Assembly Members and Senators asking for their support. It is crucial to let them know that many nonprofits will go bankrupt if the State of New York does not grant this waiver.


SECOND, contact Governor Cuomo and key staff:


Governor Andrew Cuomo


Complete and submit this form


Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon


THIRD, contact key Assembly Member and Senator committee chairs:


Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development And Small Business 


Senator Anna M. Kaplan

District Office Phone: 516-746-5924
Albany Office Phone: 518-455-2170


Standing Committee on Labor


Assemblymember Marcos Crespo

District Office Phone: 718-893-0202

Albany Office Phone: 518-455-5514

Complete and submit this form


Senator Jessica Ramos

District Office Phone: 718-205-3881

Albany Office Phone: 518-455-2529


Standing Committee on Small Business


Assemblymember Al Stirpe

District Office Phone: 315-452-1115

Albany Office Phone: 518-455-4505


Standing Committee on Social Services


Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi

District Office Phone: 718-263-5595

Albany Office Phone: 518-455-4926

Complete and submit this form


Senator Roxanne J. Persaud

District Office Phone: 718-649-7653

Albany Office Phone: 518-455-2788


Standing Committee on Ways and Means

Assemblymember Helene Weinstein

District Office Phone: 718-648-4700

Albany Office Phone: 518-455-5462

Complete and submit this form

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Throughout our membership in the Unemployment Savings Program, First Nonprofit understood our demands, community dynamics, and the importance of seamless services; that allowed us to serve our constituents better.

Prevent Blindness America, Chicago, IL

Because INCS advocates for the operating conditions that allow charter public schools to provide high quality public education, partnering with First Nonprofit was an easy decision. First Nonprofit’s unemployment programs provide our member schools two operating elements crucial to their ability to provide high quality public education: savings and budget certainty. Capable, committed teachers are the key to student success. By participating in the unemployment insurance savings plan, charter public schools gain peace of mind and are able to invest more money in their teachers.

Illinois Network of Charter Schools, Chicago, IL

It has been our sincere pleasure to maintain a strong, vibrant business partnership with First Nonprofit. We greatly admire their strong industry knowledge, technical expertise, constant professionalism, knowledgeable and dedicated staff. They are always extremely responsive, personable and provide us with the necessary guidance and recommendations on a numerous variety of employment scenarios.

Thresholds, Chicago, IL

NYCON members who use First Nonprofit’s programs enjoy enduring savings and improved efficiency. Our association knows that success, because from the beginning, we achieved the same great benefits. Great savings, seamless technology, and responsive service. NYCON highly recommends First Nonprofit’s remarkable unemployment solutions.

New York Council of Nonprofits, Albany, NY

Visually Impaired Preschool Services has been a client of First Non-Profit since it was first offered as a benefit of VisionServe Alliance. We completed a thorough evaluation of cash savings to our agency before taking advantage of this wonderful benefit and it has been a very wise decision. Our experience with the processes from accounting to claims have been professional, expeditious and easy.

Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Louisville, KY

Luckily for us, our interactions regarding any issues with staffing has been very minimal! I can say that all other interactions with regards to billing, 941 reporting, etc. have been extremely pleasant, accommodating and easy to work with. Kim Ghanayem is always prompt, professional and friendly. Thank you so much!

Neurologic Music Therapy Services of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ

First Nonprofit has been easy to work with and makes the administrative process easier and smoother. We enjoy working with you.

Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Louisville, KY

The Ensight Skills Center has enjoyed working with First Nonprofit for several years. We are enrolled in their Unemployment Savings Program and although we have not required a lot of intervention, there have been a few times. I know others have dealt with the same problem of unemployment fraud over the last year and in our case, a call to First Nonprofit (they actually answer their phones) cleared up the issue. They also sent us a letter to send to all our employees telling them what they needed to do to prevent this in the future and protect themselves. What a relief! Over the years if I have questions or concerns, they are happy to listen, advise and help if they can. Another BIG advantage of using First Nonprofit is that all the money that is paid into the Unemployment Savings Program lives on my balance sheet as an asset. The money continues to be Ensight’s not the governments. First Nonprofit has certainly given me peace of mind.

Ensight Skills Center, Inc, Fort Collins, CO