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By Lombardo David
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A government shutdown would have far-reaching consequences for some, but minimal impact on others. Mail would be delivered and benefits would still be delivered to recipients of Social Security and Medicare.

But vacationers would be turned away from national parks such as Saratoga National Historical Park in Stillwater. Low- to moderate-income borrowers and first-time home buyers seeking government-backed mortgages could face delays. Here is a look at how services would be affected:

EMPLOYMENT: About 72,000 federal employees in New York state could potentially be furloughed, which means a reduction in pay. The nearly 54,000 New Yorkers serving in the armed services would remain on duty, but would see their pay delayed if the shutdown lasted more than 10 days. About half the civilian defense employees would be sent home without pay.

CHILDREN: Head Start centers around the country will close, affecting nearly 52,000 New York children. Some centers would close immediately and the rest would follow.

BENEFITS: Education, compensation and pension benefits could be delayed to the state’s nearly 900,000 veterans. Applications for new Social Security benefits could be delayed and services for seniors could be impacted. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, could shut down. Unemployment benefits would still be paid.

AIR TRAVEL: Federal air traffic controllers would remain on the job and airport security screeners would keep funneling passengers through security checkpoints. Federal inspectors would continue enforcing safety rules.

FEDERAL COURTS: Operations would proceed normally for about 10 business days after the shutdown began, then furloughs would start.

HOMELAND SECURITY: The majority of the Department of Homeland Security’s employees are expected to stay on the job, including uniformed agents and officers at the country’s borders and ports of entry, and members of the Coast Guard.

TAXES: You would still have to pay your taxes.

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