ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — Nearly 100,000 New York State workers did not see their paychecks show up in direct deposit Wednesday.
A spokesman for the Office of the State Comptroller tells News 4 that because State lawmakers did not pass a new budget by the close of business on March 31, about 94,000 on the ‘institutional pay cycle’ did not see their checks reflected in direct deposit Wednesday.
Those who work for the Office of Mental Health, Department of Corrections, and SUNY get paid every two weeks and even though those checks are not dated until April 2, traditionally they would be credited to direct deposit the day before by 11 a.m.
Kara Reville says it’s been that way for the past ten years that she has worked for the State, so she has her credit card bills deducted automatically every other Wednesday, but when her paycheck wasn’t reflected in her checking account Wednesday, her checking balance went below zero. She expects to incur late fees.
“I mean the State obviously has the money to pay us and if the checks can come out the next day, why didn’t they just go out when they’re supposed to” said Reville.
The Office of the Comptroller wants to make it clear that the paychecks are not late. They are dated for April 2 and should be there Thursday. They just weren’t credited the day before to direct deposit like they usually are.