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Gov't shutdown could impact thousands of Long Islanders

If Congress fails to reach a budget agreement before the looming midnight deadline, the federal government will partially shut down for the first time in 17 years, and thousands of Long Islanders could

News 12 Staff

Oct 1, 2013, 1:39 AM

Updated 3,916 days ago

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If Congress fails to reach a budget agreement before the looming midnight deadline, the federal government will partially shut down for the first time in 17 years, and thousands of Long Islanders could feel the pinch.

Dozens of federal parks, offices and programs would be shut down across the Island. Approximately 8,000 federal workers in Nassau and Suffolk could be furloughed if the shutdown begins at midnight.

Federal mortgage applications would likely be stalled, and IRS offices would be closed. Some federal courts will close, although criminal cases will proceed. And while Social Security checks would still be sent out, workers at regional offices like the one in Melville would be furloughed.

The shutdown would not affect departments that handle public safety, such as air traffic control, TSA, customs, the military and federal law enforcement. Veteran's hospitals will remain open, and Medicaid and Medicare programs will continue, although enrollment for new benefits may be delayed.

FEMA funds for Sandy recovery will be available, but no new grants would be processed if the shutdown takes place.

Residents of Nassau and Suffolk may not face the impacts immediately, but if the shutdown lasts for an extended period of time and more agencies fall to the furlough ax, the situation could become serious for many.


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