We’re starting to get a warm fuzzy feeling here again in New York State.  A sense of pride is being restored. It was just over a month ago that New York made it illegal once again to view child pornography.  (Yes, it had actually been legal, so long as the porn was not downloaded or printed).

And now state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has put a halt to unemployment checks being delivered to working people, illegal immigrants and the dead.

Good news, of course.  The bad news however, is that over $1 million in unqualified unemployment compensation has already been paid out.

Via the AP:

New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says he has stopped $1.4 million in unemployment checks written out to working people, illegal immigrants and the dead.

But DiNapoli says nearly $1 million in checks to people who didn’t qualify for unemployment checks has already been paid by the state.

The comptroller says among them are 91 recently hired state workers who owe the state $105,000 for overpayment of unemployment benefits.

After finding the errors, DiNapoli says he advised the state Labor Department to tighten its controls to make sure the critical aid gets only to New Yorkers who qualify.

DiNapoli says the Labor Department didn’t even seek to recover $383,000 in overpayments because a year had lapsed.

The Labor Department says it will tighten its controls.

DiNapoli also stated, “In these challenging fiscal times, state agencies must watch their spending closely.  Clearly that isn’t happening when payments are sent to deceased people.”

The report can be read here…

Almost makes you fall in love with New York all over again.