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Government Shutdown: Local Impact
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.
"We have people who have young families that absolutely depend day to day on what that paycheck is," said Aviles of the federal workers.
During 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."
In 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 federal workers.