BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The government shutdown will affect people across the country, and some in western New York. For most of us, we really won’t notice a difference of a government shutdown, but that all depends on how long it lasts.
Some of the 800,000 Americans who are being furloughed were leaving the federal building in downtown Buffalo Tuesday at noon. At the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station nearly 450 members have been furloughed. Several hundred other local workers are being impacted by the shutdown, like some workers at the FBI and IRS.
National Security Personnel deemed essential, like workers at the Peace Bridge and our other international crossings will continue to work, but there may be some delay in getting paid. Other essential services like the mail, and social security will continue, but for non-essential workers, they will be furloughed and the big question will be for how long.
Active duty military would continue to work but may have to wait longer for a paycheck. In fact many government workers considered to be essential will be asked to come to work, even though they wouldn’t get a paycheck until the shutdown is over.
A worker at Buffalo’s Veterans Hospital who didn’t want to be identified said, “Oh yeah, I'm paycheck to paycheck, new homeowner, little kids, new cars, stuff adds up quick."
The worker said, “You're putting way too many lives in jeopardy over a political squabble."
The partial government shutdown will also close the nation’s parks and monuments and will delay federally backed mortgages and passport and Visa applications. The government shutdown will also impact western New York because of federally funded construction and even medical research.
Senator Charles Schumer said, "We have defense contractors in Buffalo who rely on federal dollars, highway work, the new Main Street construction relies on federal dollars, so if things don't get settled quickly, these things could be at risk too."
Congressman Brian Higgins said, “If you're a patient at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and you're diagnosed with late stage cancer, awaiting a potentially promising therapy that will be tested in a clinical trial, those new clinical trials will not commence, you don't have the luxury of time. So, that's the human effect."
Congressman Chris Collins, R, Clarence spoke Monday about how long the government shutdown could last. "I think this one could go three weeks and could go substantially longer.”
There is another Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect for Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from Thursday through early Friday.
Lake Effect Snow Warnings return today with the chance for an additional foot for some areas.
A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
Viewers sent in photos from the snowfall around Western New York.
The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office says a tractor trailer crashed on Route 39, in the Town of Eagle.