Unclaimed funds could be yours


To The Editor:
During these poor economic times I believe that we as a community need to help each other whenever possible.
I would like to bring to the attention of my community the website of the “New York State Comptroller for UnclaimedFunds” https://ouf.osc.state.ny.us/ouf/.
“For your protection, banks, insurance companies, utilities, investment companies and many other businesses are required by state law to surrender inactive accounts to the state. These accounts are known as “lost,” “abandoned,” or “unclaimed” funds.
The Office of the State Comptroller serves as custodian of this money.  If you can prove you are entitled to the money, they will gladly return it to you, at any time, without charge. Until the money is claimed, it is used by the state’s General Funds, serving the citizens and taxpayers of the State of New York.”
Thanks to a friend who found my name, each year I make it my business to go through my address book to search the website for possible unclaimed funds of my family and friends. Over the years I have found many people on this list.

This year I decided to look at a sampling of names of people who live or have lived in Margaretville and was surprised to find so many people who are owed money. The following are the last names of people who have unclaimed funds owed to them: Sanford, Fairbairn, George, Balcom, Herman, Kelly, Rana, Simms, Davis, Faulkner, Ingram, Mann, Manning, Jenkins, Lam, Todd, McIntosh, Robertson, Ruff, VanBenschoten, Wagner and Scudder. There are also unclaimed funds for organizations i.e. Margaretville Hospital and Margaretville Central School. And this is just a sampling of a very small area.

I am asking everyone who reads this letter to search this site for you and everyone you know. Please pass this information along, especially via your social sites and note that every state has a website like this.

Let’s help get these funds out of the government’s coffers and back into the pockets of our citizens, into our communities, where it is so needed.

Ann Lukin,