No paycheck in sight for 11 Westchester air traffic controllers

Posted: Updated:
YONKERS -

The government shutdown is hitting home for the 11 full-time air traffic controllers at the Westchester County Airport who don't know when they will get paid.

"They have financial obligations like everybody else - paying their rent, their car, food and child care," says Doug Church, of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

Church says even though the 11 controllers are still on the job, the airport is required to have 15. He says a group of new trainees expected to start Monday will have to wait.

"That means Westchester is going to be short-staffed for even longer," says Church.

Other problems at the airport caused by the shutdown include placing FAA workers on furlough.

Nancy Ardizone is always nervous about flying so hearing that FAA workers responsible for fixing a section of runway approach lights were placed on furlough didn't help. Ardizone says "it's very unsettling."

News 12 was told the lights were repaired.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."