WOODBURY - Air traffic furloughs went into effect yesterday following forced federal budget cuts in Washington.

Officials say 15 MacArthur Airport controllers, 11 controllers at a Westbury facility and two more from both JFK and LaGuardia airports will be furloughed.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says the furloughs will affect nearly 15,000 air traffic controllers nationwide and could lead to daily flight delays of up to four hours.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) says the delays could be avoided if Democrats and Republicans meet in the middle to get rid of the sequestration.

National airline companies have asked a federal court to block the furloughs, but no decision has been made.