Greenburgh supervisor seeks support for gov’t employees impacted by shutdownPosted: Updated:
Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner is looking to help any government employees affected by the shutdown.
He asked Greenburgh residents over the weekend if they would be willing to assist government workers who have been furloughed or forced to work without pay - people like the TSA workers at the county airport.
He says so far, he's been inundated with good Samaritans willing to lend a helping hand.
"People are saying they want to help go grocery shopping, helping drive people around. They'll give funds to federal employees who are suffering, find help," he says.
It's not clear how many residents of the Hudson Valley are directly impacted by the government shutdown, but the number could be in the hundreds. About 17,000 New Yorkers work in federal jobs across the state.
At Feeding Westchester, officials are also paying close attention to the shutdown and its unintended consequences.
"It's stressful to have to worry about how am I going to have SNAP dollars to feed myself, my family," says Leslie Gordon, CEO of Feeding Westchester.
Gordon says the SNAP program, which administers food stamps, could be impacted if the shutdown continues into next month. She says that would hurt the 67,000 county residents who receive the benefit.
"Behind the scenes, we're developing a response plan should we be called into action to increase the number of food shipments to help people in need across Westchester," says Gordon.