St. Lawrence County residents, local governments may have unclaimed funds waiting for them
Hundreds of St. Lawrence County residents and local governments may have money waiting for them from nearly $3 million in unclaimed funds.
Senator Patty Ritchie (R-Heuvelton) says she is working to reunite owners to their lost funds and some area local governments, with money they may not even know they were missing.At Sen. Ritchie’s request, the state Office of Unclaimed Funds created a list of abandoned or forgotten accounts. Ritchie represents the 48th Senate district, which covers northern St. Lawrence County, including Ogdensburg, Canton, Gouverneur, Oswegatchie, Waddington, Lisbon, Madrid, Louisville, DeKalb, DePeyster, Hermon, Edwards, Fowler, Rossie, Macomb, Morristown and Hammond.
The funds are usually old bank accounts, rent or utility deposits, gift cards and other type of accounts; that the state is holding with owners’ addresses in the three counties she represents.
“By law, the state holds onto the funds in these accounts until they are claimed by their rightful owners,” Ritchie said. “The problem is that most people don’t even know that they are missing money, and they don’t know where to look to find it.”
In Senator Ritchie’s district there are reportedly 10,385 accounts valued at $2,823,847 in St. Lawrence County.
Each account holds a minimum of $25.
Additionally, Sen. Ritchie requested a list of local governments that might be owed money from the state.
A breakdown of towns, number of accounts and total amount is as follows:
Town Number of Accounts Monetary Amount
Brier Hill 45 $5,338
Canton 1,849 $821,915
Chase Mills 91 $21,731
DeKalb Junction 140 $40,835
DePeyster 22 $2,788
Edwards 112 $19,521
Gouverneur 1,209 $229,703
Hammond 269 $64,124
Hermon 138 $29,034
Heuvelton 196 $28,844
Madrid 207 $43,909
Massena 2,690 $631,482
Morristown 140 $29,257
Norfolk 419 $92,139
Ogdensburg 2,609 $696,539
Rensselaer Falls 129 $30,014
Richville 120 $36,673
Waddington 217 $51,823
“It’s your money…you just have to ask for it back,” Ritchie said
Sen. Ritchie said she already has contacted every municipality on the list to make them aware that they may be owed money.
Individuals can check for lost accounts through a link on her website at www.ritchie.nysenate.gov.