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What Does The Shutdown Mean?

LOCALLY..... There are approx. 10,000 Federal Workers in Western New York.

Mail delivery, Social Security and Medicare remain unaffected.

The VA Medical Centers in Buffalo and Batavia and across the US remain open.  All VA Medical facilities and clinics will remain fully operational including Patient Care, outpatient care, prescriptions, surgeries, dental treatments, extended care, mental health care, nursing home care and special veteran's services women.   Claims processing will continue through October See the VA Field Guide to Shutdowns

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WBEN's Politics Contributor Dave Levinthal from the Center for Public Integrity

Cong. Chris Collins, (R-Clarence)

Cong. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo)

CBS's Howard Arenstein in DC
Many workers at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station will be placed on unpaid furlough. President Obama has signed legislation ensuring the military will get paid during any government shutdown.But that pay provision doesn't include the civilian employees of the military, including civilian employees of the 914th Airlift Wing..  READ MORE FROM The Dept. Of Defense

 Approx. 550 IRS employees at their Appletree Business Park Call Center in Cheektowaga will not be on the job. The IRS says people should assume that any appointments they have with the agency are canceled. READ THE IRS's CONTINGENCY PLAN

TSA screeners at Buffalo Niagara International and inspectors working at the Peace Bridge will remain on the job. 

Federal courts in Buffalo will remain open. Their plan is to stay open for ten days, and then re-assess if the shutdown is still in effect.

The Theodore Roosevelt Historic Site/Wilcox Mansion is closed, along with all other national parks and attractions.  The Niagara Falls State Park is unaffected.

DAY II: Shutdown Effects Sink In

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On The
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Wednesday on the shutdown
of the
Katie Glueck, Politico.com
CBS Business Analyst
Jill Schlesinger
CBS Travel Editor
Peter Greenberg

RBC Wealth Management's
Karl Riner

At the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station:  275 workers  are on furlough, and the air force has to decide if this weekend's scheduled training exercises are considered "mission critical" and can go on in spite of a partial federal government shutdown  READ MORE

On The Bus: The shutdown has an impact on those wanting to head to the nation's capital. About a half dozen groups may not be able to get their trip to Washington rolling. READ MORE 

How will it end?  The best way to possibly predict how the current government shutdown will end may be to go back in time to the 28-day shutdown of 1995-96.   READ MORE 

AP PhotoHere's Pres. Obama's Tuesday Remarks On The Shutdown Effects:

"If you’re on Social Security, you will keep receiving your checks.  If you’re on Medicare, your doctor will still see you.  Everyone’s mail will still be delivered.  And government operations related to national security or public safety will go on.  Our troops will continue to serve with skill, honor, and courage.  Air traffic controllers, prison guards, those who are with border control -- our Border Patrol will remain on their posts, but their paychecks will be delayed until the government reopens.

... I also want to be very clear about what would change.  Office buildings would close.  Paychecks would be delayed.  Vital services that seniors and veterans, women and children, businesses and our economy depend on would be hamstrung.  Business owners would see delays in raising capital, seeking infrastructure permits, or rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy.   Veterans who’ve sacrificed for their country will find their support centers unstaffed

HEAR Pres. Obama's Remarks
on The Effects of A U.S.
Government Shutdown


 Tourists will find every one of America’s national parks and monuments, from Yosemite to the Smithsonian to the Statue of Liberty, immediately closed.

And in keeping with the broad ramifications of a shutdown, I think it’s important that everybody understand the federal government is America’s largest employer.  More than 2 million civilian workers and 1.4 million active-duty military serve in all 50 states and all around the world.  "          

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  "It' doesn't matter to a common person, an average person. .. it only matters to people who won't get paid," 
   - A cab driver in Amherst, 4am Tuesday

I don't use any government stuff even though I served in the military for 10 years. The V-A, maybe, but beyond that, it doesn't matter.
    - An overnight fry cook.

" I don't use the government at all... . I'm a Republican."   - an early morning diner in Amherst

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