Does New York State owe you money? Search here or claim it at the NYS Fair

Chris Baker

Post Standard

Aug 29, 2017

New York State is sitting on a pile of $15 billion in unclaimed funds. At the fair this week, you can check to see if any of it is yours.

The State Comptroller's office has set up shop at the Center of Progress Building at the New York State Fair, where anyone can check for unclaimed money.

If you're not headed to the fair, you can search for your name in the database on the comptroller's website.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli will be at the fair Tuesday afternoon to present more than $13,000 to local residents and organizations.

So far this year, DiNapoli's office has returned $285 million to residents statewide. In Onondaga County there are over 131,000 outstanding accounts, worth $54.4 million in unclaimed funds.

Most claims are for less than $100. The largest payout to date was $4 million in 2008 from a stock claim. The state is still holding onto an unclaimed $8 million estate.

The money comes from banks, insurance companies and corporations, which are required to turn over to the state money from things like dormant accounts or unclaimed estate proceeds. New York, in turn, is ramping up efforts to return that money to its owners.

The state fair is open daily from now until Monday, Sept. 4. The Center of Progress Building is located just inside the main gate, east of Chevy Court.