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Gov. Cuomo speaking yesterday in Buffalo. Photo: <a href="">NY Governor's Office</a>
Gov. Cuomo speaking yesterday in Buffalo. Photo: NY Governor's Office

Cuomo: Federal shutdown is hurting NY

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This could be the day of reckoning on Capitol Hill, as Senate leaders push to find agreement on way to avoid a U.S. default and an end to the partial government shutdown. Aides say leaders are hopeful they can make a deal. Midnight tonight is the deadline Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew set for the government to either raise the debt limit or risk going into default.

Speaking in Buffalo yesterday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the shutdown and looming default is unnecessary, and hurts New York.

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"It's been bad for the state's economy; there's no doubt about it. It's cost us in terms of tourism. We stepped forward and said we'll pay the cost of opening the Statue of Liberty downtown because it was costing us hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost tourism dollars. But what it's done to the economy nationwide, what it's done to the economy here, just when we started to get some energy going--I think this was a kick in the stomach for the economy. And again--it was unnecessary."

Thousands of furloughed federal employees have been trickling back to work even as the partial government shutdown continues.

Hundreds of aviation safety inspectors have been called back and government scientists were brought back to track an outbreak of salmonella in raw chicken.

And members of Congress have called back staff.

Still, more than 400,000 federal workers remain at home.

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