Touched by fiscal crisis


If the federal government shuts down Tuesday, don’t bother going to the Saratoga National Historic Park. The only thing you’ll see are workers putting up “closed” signs and setting up traffic barricades.

And you might want to wait a day or two if you’re applying for Social Security benefits. Those already in the system will continue to get their checks, but processing of applications will likely go on hold for as long as the shutdown lasts.

Indeed, the extent to which people’s lives might be disrupted by the ongoing impasse between House Republicans and Senate Democrats over the funding of the Affordable Care Act will be dictated largely by the how soon the shutdown ends. “Everything is so up in the air,” said Sean Magers, communications director for Democratic U.S. Rep. Paul D. Tonko.

Magers said a shutdown could eventually require 72,000 federal employees in New York state to be furloughed, or sent home without pay until a spending measure is signed by the president.

According to the state comptroller’s office, which cited federal figures, there are about 6,400 federal employees in the Capital Region, and 116,000 statewide.

But there was no immediate breakdown of how many federal workers are in “essential” categories who would ………..

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