Government Shutdown: Local Impact
Updated: Monday, October 7 2013, 02:54 PM EDT
ALBANY - The impact of the federal government shutdown is being felt by
two groups in the Capital Region; federal employees and the people who
rely on their services.
Just one day into the government shutdown
hundreds of thousands of federal employees still have a job but will
not receive a paycheck until the federal government balances their
budget. Workers who had scheduled, and approved, time off were
considered to be furloughed with no guarantee of getting retroactive
pay, said Pete Aviles, President of the AFGE Local 3343, a union that
represents social security workers in New York State.
people who have young families that absolutely depend day to day on what
that paycheck is," said Aviles of the federal workers.
the day, Tuesday, people hoping to use the social security office at the
Leo O'Brien federal Building, in Albany, found a smaller staff and
fewer services available.
"I needed a replacement card for my
daughter but they refused," said one man leaving the building Tuesday.
"They said wait a couple of weeks (and) maybe they will reopen."
all over 800,000 federal employees are impacted by the shutdown with
116,000 being stationed in New York State, said a spokesman for state
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. In the Capital Region there are 6,400