New York officials are moving to provide support for the federal government workers who have been furloughed or have missed paychecks due to the ongoing and record-long shutdown in Washington.

“It is unconscionable that the President is holding hostage the wages and livelihoods of hard-working Americans in an attempt to advance his hateful and regressive political agenda,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

“While the federal administration steps on the backs of workers, New York State is stepping up to help in any way we can. These measures will ensure furloughed federal workers in New York receive prompt and special one-on-one services so they can obtain the vital safety-net benefits they need during this hard time.”

Federal workers will receive back pay once the government re-opens. But until then, workers have missed at least one paycheck due to the shutdown. Some workers, like airport security workers, are at work without pay.

The Department of Labor has been called on to speed up the application process for unemployment insurance and extend the hours of its call center. At the same time, Cuomo called on the department to coordinate with federal public workers unions to make members aware of the benefits that are available.

Some workers on furlough or working without pay may be eligible for emergency assistance in order to meet basic needs through the state’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.