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The effects from the government shutdown are being felt across the country, but especially in the Village of Highland Falls just outside the gates of West Point where dozens of businesses are already feeling the impact. Our Meredith Zaritheny has more.
HIGHLAND FALLS, N.Y. -- For Peter James Clark and thousands of others furloughed from West Point earlier this week, cutting back is now a necessity.
"All these places in town rely on us and it's just horrible, you know. We don't have the money to spend in here anymore," said Clark.
The Park Restaurant is just one dozens of businesses in the Village of Highland Falls that have seen a big drop in businesses since the shutdown took effect Tuesday.
"Businesses has slowed down. You can tell the minute you walked in. So, you know, everybody's hurting from this thing, especially the people who lost their jobs," said Kevin Pozo, co-owner of Park Restaurant.
With no resolution in sight, Pozo says he’s planning for the worst, but hoping for the best.
"We do our best to save and make sure we have a plan when it's slow like this. So if we have to cut people's hours and stuff like that, we have to do it," said Pozo.
Like many across the nation, Pozo hopes the government shutdown is resolved soon, putting those furloughed back to work and hopefully back in his restaurant.
"We're all frustrated these are the people we trust. We voted them there for a reason. We trusted them to do the right thing and as a nation, they're kind of letting us down at the moment," said Pozo.