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Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle say the government shutdown will have a profound impact on residents in the Hudson Valley.
The Franklin D. Roosevelt national historic site in Hyde Park was closed after Friday's midnight deadline, along with St. Paul's Church historic site in Mount Vernon and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in Highland Falls. Up to 3,000 civilian employees there could be out of a job soon.
"It messes up the economy, job creation, security, block services and investments," says Rep. Nita Lowey. "People can't get small business loans. They can't get federal housing loans. I'm really concerned."
Rep. Lowey says the shutdown affects every single facet of the local economy and government, from public safety and education to local companies that rely on national medical research.
The shutdown could even affect the future of Indian Point. All but one federal moderator was forced to leave negotiations between union leaders and the plant's owner, Entergy, at midnight Saturday after the shutdown officially went it effect.
Passport applications might also be delayed and it could take longer to get an unemployment check or an IRS refund.