Tri-State Area Would Suffer In Event Of Federal Government Shutdown

Getting Passports, Filing Your Taxes Would Also Be Impacted

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The Tri-State Area has a lot at stake as Republicans and Democrats in Washington try to avoid a federal government shutdown.

In the event of a shutdown, 800,000 federal employees would not get paid, tax refunds would stall, home buyers would not get papers processed, and small businesses would not get government loans.

Of New Jersey’s 28,000 federal workers, about half will be furloughed. The other half, which includes “essential personnel” like military troops, will have to report to work. However they won’t get paid until Congress approves retroactive pay.

Roughly 10 percent of New York City’s revenue comes from Washington. Thousands of locally-based federal workers would be furloughed, including those who work in federal courts, process passports and food stamps, and work at national parks.

Westchester County Clerk Tim Idoni was on the phone with the feds Thursday morning about the potential shutdown. His advice: if you need one a passport renewed any time soon, get it done now — as in right now.

“We’re going to keep on doing what we’re doing. We will continue to accept applications for passports. We’ll continue to process them at our end, but what we do is we send them to the federal agency, which will be shut down,” Idoni said.

In Connecticut, state labor commissioner Glenn Marshall assures the unemployed that their checks will continue to come through in the event of a federal government shutdown.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau with Glenn Marshall

Federal cash flowing to Connecticut will tighten up if any government shutdown drags on longer than three weeks. Gov. Dan Malloy says of big concern are Medicaid reimbursements.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau with Malloy

“The states are charged with executing many federal programs, the largest of which is Medicaid and those reimbursements need to be flowing on a daily basis,” Malloy told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau. “If they weren’t then we’d have to look at alternative ways of raising those funds on a temporary basis,”

That would mean short-term borrowing. Malloy has assigned a task force of his top officials to figure out the best way to manage Connecticut’s resources over the long term if necessary.

On top of all that, aren’t our federal tax returns are due in 10 days?

“It’s not a good time to have a government shutdown just before the tax deadline,” accountant Catherine Censullo told CBS 2’s Young.

No, it’s not, especially if you’re expecting a check from Uncle Sam in the mail this year.

“Anyone who’s got something that needs a hands intervention where someone’s going to have to print a check, mail it … that could be delayed,” Censullo said.

And if you ask on the street, that’s the one that’s going to hurt.

“People rely on the return. If they’re delayed a lot of people are gonna be in trouble,” said Mount Vernon resident Fernando Faria.

“They work hard all year, so they really need to get that check,” added Scott Newman of Harrison.

The people at the Internal Revenue Service have pointed out the filing deadline has already been technically extended to April 18 because of the way the holidays fall this year.

In the short term, a government shut down would not affect Social Security or Medicare checks. Anything longer than two weeks, though, would begin to cause serious delays.

A shutdown would also close the Statue of Liberty and other nationally prominent places and parks.

Republicans and Democrats were still billions of dollars apart ahead of the midnight Friday deadline.

President Barack Obama said he thinks there’s still time to reach a budget deal.

“We’re going to keep on pounding away at this because I am absolutely convinced that we can get this done,” the president said.

Added House Speaker John Boehner: “We continue to have productive conversations. You should all know they’re polite. They’re to the point.”

Are you concerned about a federal government shutdown? Leave a comment below…

  • Andy

    Shut it down! Life will go on. Americans survived long before the creation of today’s bureaucracy. No one is against not helping the needy, but come on people, the needy cannot be helped by a country that is financially dead!

    • D

      Yes, life will go on, but thousands of our US troops will be working without pay for an unknown period of time. Many of them are single income families living paycheck to paycheck. What do you think will happen to them if the government shuts down?

  • Philip Scharfy


    The Queen’s Riddle

    Barack Obama met with the Queen of England.

    He asked her, “Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government? Are there any tips you can give to me?”

    “Well,” said the Queen, “the most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people.”

    Obama frowned, and then asked, “But how do I know the people around are really intelligent?”

    The Queen took a sip of tea. “Oh, that’s easy; you just ask them to answer an intelligent riddle.”

    The Queen pushed a button on her intercom. “Please send Tony Blair in here, would you?”

    Tony Blair walked into the room and said, “Yes, Your Majesty?”

    The Queen smiled and said, “Answer me this please, Tony, your mother and father have a child. It is not your brother and it is not your sister. Who is it?”

    Without pausing for a moment, Tony Blair answered, “That would be me.”

    “Yes! Very good,” said the Queen.

    So, Obama goes back home and asks Joe Biden, his vice presidential choice the same question. “Joe, answer this for me. Your mother and your father have a child. It’s not your brother and it’s not your sister. Who is it?”

    “I’m not sure,” said Biden. “Let me get back to you on that one”

    He went to his advisors and asked every one, but none could give him an answer.

    Finally, Biden ran into Sarah Palin out eating one night. Biden asked, “Sarah, can you answer this for me? Your mother and father have a child and it’s not your brother or your sister. Who is it?”

    Sarah Palin answered right back, “That’s easy, it’s me!”

    Biden smiled, and said, “Thanks!” Then, he went back to speak with Obama.

    “Say, I did some research and I have the answer to that riddle. It’s Sarah Palin!”

    Obama got up, stomped over to Biden, and angrily yelled into his face, “No! You idiot! It’s Tony Blair!”

    And that is precisely what’s going on with our federal government in Washington, D.C

  • Garth

    I really hope Trump decides to run. He is probably the only one who can defeat this nut, who has no clue what he is doing, or how deep of a mess he got this country in. The only good thing he has done so far, is get elected. From that point on, downhill. Unemployment is still way too high, no one on Wall Street was called out for anything, He has Reid running the country along with the other senile croney, Biden, so nothing positive ever happens. Too bad we can;t furlough this clown for 2 years, til his term is over.

  • JaTT

    This is what i was waiting for after the US govt spent all the money in bull shiii middle east wars…..they ignored the citizens and took care of rest of the world! MIND your own business US!

  • p8nt

    Good thing there’s some people that actually see that you can’t keep doing what you’ve been doing for the past few decades, and that the government cannot keep doing what its been doing. Government needs to change how they view their budget and not try to off the burden on other people. This shutdown, will undoubtedly be the best thing that ever happened to this country in a long time.

  • tgs

    if this so important to our country, why was the President in NYC last evening instead of Washington (where he should have been)

    • nyc

      He came to New York to be with Al Sharpton, which is a disgrace. I wonder how much the tax payers had to spend for this little visit ? Guess it’s all about votes in the next election.

  • jerseyjoey

    First of all, let it all collapse into the dust of history. Responsible Hard Working Americans will only benifit if all goes by the wayside, as it is now the illegals and the lazy poor leeches are draining all dry then comes the banks and the excess Gov with bailouts and defict, my oh my. After the smoke and pain of collapse the illegals will go home and the poor will survive by working a honest days wage, the rest of us will finally get a much deserved finacial break and we will be the future rid of corp greed and chigs. Stick that in your pipe Liberals, if you want change so bad here it comes, if you want to feed the world then YOU can PAY for it out of your Skinny Wallets.

    • p8nt

      Spoken like a true Ignorant American !!

  • Cindy

    If Obama wants to copy JFK, He should fulough his salary like JFK.

  • Jen

    If Obama gets re-elected which seems to be his only concern, he desperately needs a rebuplican congress to keep him straight. This inbalance of political power is what is killing the working class and will eventually take all of our rights away. Without a rebuplican senate we are on the road to becoming a third world country.

  • nyc

    Oh my ! No food stamps ?

  • paul

    wow tough crowd lets hope we can survive gas prices this summer let alone government shut down

  • mak

    Who really cares if the government shuts down? Why not let it happen and see if we keep on living and surviving? Yes, people will be inconvenienced but it would be interesting to note how we are able to survive without all these federal employees. We may come to find that they are not all that necessary.

    Imagine that …

    • drnyqns

      Tell that to my brother in law, who was injured in the Iraq war and won’t be able to eat because he won’t get paid.

      • mark

        Oh please, stop being so melodramatic. Congress can easily pass a temporary spending measure or assign monies towards certain programs. Or maybe YOU can help your brother buy some groceries, In fact, I will help buy your brother some groceries. I applaud our service men and women and I am grateful for their service. But we, as a country, cannot be held hostage by special interest groups who are wailing because their piece of the pie might be cut. The veterans deserve everything that they get, plus some but the bulk of the debt is pork, plain and simple. So much of the money respresents is payback for voting these people into office. It has got to stop.



    • Charlie Kiss

      Does he live or work in thetri-state area?



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