Can you be unemployed a long time before requesting benefits Ex: 1yr 5yr 7yrs
I assume that you are talking about NY only?
The answer is found in the DOLETA Monetary Eligibility chartbook.
Your question is incomplete because it doesn’t reference anything about earnings. Most qualifying formulas require a minimum amount of wages to be present in your high earning quarter and at a percentage of that amount to be present somewhere else in your BASE PERIOD.