More than 128,000 workers were able to access paid family leave benefits as the state’s new program took effect in 2018, according to a report released Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

The governor’s office found New York had the highest overall participation rate for paid family leave, the highest percentage of men who used it and the highest percentage of workers who took the benefit cared for a family member with a serious health condition.

The paid family leave program extended coverage to more than two million workers who did not have it under the existing federal Family & Medical Leave Act.

“New York enacted the nation’s strongest paid family leave law so that no one has to choose between losing a job and missing the birth of a child or caring for a sick family member,” Cuomo said in a statement.

“In the first year we are already seeing incredible results – tens of thousands of employees utilized this important benefit and millions more have access to job-protected, paid time off. This initial success demonstrates once again our commitment to not only enacting progressive policies, but also to achieving real long-term results.”

Most workers who took paid family leave in its first year made less than $60,000. The group filing for the most claims made less than $40,000.

The law will continue to phase in by 2021, when workers can be eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid leave benefits at 67 percent of their average weekly wage and capped at 67 percent of the state average weekly wage.