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Stoppage causes local concerns

October 1, 2013
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND The Leader-Herald , The Leader Herald

Some local officials said this morning they are concerned about the federal government shutdown, but the severity of the effects will depend on how long the shutdown lasts.

State Sen. Hugh T. Farley, R-Niskayuna, said he found the shutdown unfortunate.

However, he said the efforts to delay the president's health care reforms make sense to him.

"There [are] such flaws in the law that it is not going to work," Farley said. "A delay of a year made sense."

Farley said the effects from the federal government shutdown on the state may be minor.

"It's going to affect some of our federal workers," Farley said. "I think the effect will be somewhat minimal to the state of New York."

Farley said federal lawmakers' confrontation has been bitter.

"There is such bitterness on both sides," Farley said. "No one wants to talk to each other."

Gloversville Mayor Dayton King said he was not worried about the shutdown affecting his city.

"We have a few projects funded by the federal government including our [grant] money which funds our bus operation. We deposited that check [Monday]," he said.

However, King said he hopes the shutdown will be short-lived.

"I hope there is a quick resolution to this shutdown as it does affect almost 1 million Americans and their families," he said.

State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, was unsure how the shutdown would affect the state, according to a statement provided by her office.

"It is not exactly clear how great an impact the shutdown will have on state and local governments. But if the shutdown extends for several weeks, it will impact programs that provide assistance to the neediest families and individuals, as well as nutrition programs targeted to help young children," Tkaczyk said in the statement.

Tkaczyk also mentioned there could be effects on the recovery from the June flood.

"The shutdown will suspend funding for local housing authorities and hurt small businesses' ability to get federal loans. That will effect recovery efforts and is a major concern for me," Tkaczyk said in her statement.

Denis Wilson Sr., executive director and CEO of the Fulmont Community Action Agency, said his agency had conversations with the New York State Department of Health regarding certain programs involved in the federal shutdown.

According to Wilson, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, will continue despite it being one of the programs affected by the shutdown.

Wilson said thanks to a blend of state funds, the program will be able to run for an indeterminate amount of time.

Other programs that could have been affected are being paid for with leftover money from previous years, if the contract began on Oct. 1, he said.

"All of our programs are all funded," Wilson said.

Wilson, however, warned the situation could change depending on the length of the shutdown.

"If it is prolonged, it is going to be a different issue, obviously," Wilson said.

Arthur Cleveland can be reached at acleveland@leaderherald.com.

 
 

 

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