Wednesday, October 2, 2013

2013 Federal Government Shutdown, Buffalo, NY

Day 1 - 10/1/13
Unidentified woman interviewed by WBEN had tried to pay an unspecified bill at the downtown Federal building and was told she would have to mail the bill via US  Postal Service. 
She thought that this was inconvenient. 

Day 2 - 10/2/13
Tourist from Vancouver is shown on front page of The Buffalo News above the fold in a 6 x 4" photo under the banner headline Starting to feel shutdown's pain. 
Trying to visit the closed Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historical Site, he was "disappointed." 

Day 3 - 10/3/13
Dozens of Western New Yorkers were denied entrance to Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota because of the partial shutdown of the federal government.
The 91 travelers were able to catch just a passing glimpse from afar.
The entrance to the park, parking lots and highway pull-off areas where people usually are allowed to stop their vehicles for photographs of the monument all were blocked to any traffic.
“It’s all closed up. They won’t even let you stop and take a picture. You can only drive by.”

Day 4 - 10/4/2013
Rep. Brian Higgins, D - Buffalo goes on record saying that he is exasperated by the "small group of extremists within [the Republican] caucus," and that "[House Speaker Boehner] doesn't have the courage..." to force a vote on a bill acceptable to President Obama.

Day 5 - 10/5/2013
Trent Reznor of the band Nine Inch Nails tells a Toronto concert crowd 98 miles north of Buffalo that he will be moving to Canada because of the US government shutdown.

Day 6 - 10/6/2013
A: "Those jerks closed the libraries?!"
B: "No, the libraries are still open."
A: "Well, they're still jerks!"

Day 7 - 10/7/2013
Local political reporter predicts that Western New York Congressional Representatives Chris Collins, R - Clarence and Tom Reed, R - Corning will not be reelected because of the shutdown.

Day 8 - 10/8/2013
In Grand Island, NY, 13 miles north of Buffalo, no residents spoke at a public hearing to suggest uses for Federal Community Development funds. 
In lieu of other suggestions, the Town Supervisor will likely revamp last year's application for a senior transportation van.

Day 9 - 10/9/2013
The Buffalo News editorial board lists shutdown "facts":
*This is wholly a product of the GOP.
*A minority of the Republican Party doesn't care about [global financial chaos].
*Republicans are taking a beating over the government shutdown.
*The shutdown is not only reckless but potentially fatal...

Day 10 - 10/10/2013
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo:  "Congressional dysfunction has already hurt New York and the nation's economies by fueling a lack of consumer confidence nationwide."

Day 11 - 10/11/2013
Rep. Tom Reed, R - Corning (105 miles SE of Buffalo) stands up at a private meeting of GOP House members to say that he stood by Tea Party members when they tried to defund Obamacare and that they owe him and other electorally endangered lawmakers by backing a temporary hike in the debt ceiling.

Day 12 - 10/12/2013
The Buffalo News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski:  "Republicans... weren't even discussing transformative changes to the health law.  What happened?  Well, it seems the people got their say.  Establishment Republicans in Washington say that, day by day and poll by poll, it became clear to them that the fight to end Obamacare via government shutdown is a political disaster for the GOP."

Day 13 - 10/13/2013
NY Governor Cuomo on the state spending $61,600 a day to reopen the Statue of Liberty National Park during the shutdown: It is in the state's economic interest to make sure the statue is accessible.

Day 14 - 10/14/2013
"Shutdown stalls area SBA loans." 
The SBA has halted approval of 7(a) loan applications since many of its employees have been furloughed. 
M&T Bank, the largest SBA lender in the region, has 26 pending loan requests in the Buffalo area.

Day 15 - 10/15/2013
Realtor in Erie County tells pending home buyer to expect a delay in their closing date due to the shutdown.

Day 16 - 10/16/2013
Shutdown ends.