The government shutdown is being felt on the campus of the United States Military Academy. Tuesday, non-exempt civilian employees were sent home. As YNN's Meredith Zaritheny reports, the Village Highland Falls just outside the gates is also feeling the impact.
HIGHLAND FALLS, N.Y. -- "I got furloughed today at 11:45," said Desmond Hubbard.
Hubbard is just one of at least 200 West Point employees furloughed Tuesday as the U.S. Military Academy released non-exempted civilian employees in response to the government shutdown.
Hubbard said, "I get a piece of paper today, saying we're going to get furlough, don't know when it's going to end and if it lasts longer than two weeks, take this to the unemployment office."
In a statement, the U.S. Military Academy said, "All operations involving security to include maintaining sufficient police, fire, and emergency medical protection for the military and family members living on West Point will continue. The current situation is very fluid and many details are unresolved."
"As far as covering my other daily life, utilities and food and everything else, because I live pay check to paycheck," Hubbard.
With hundreds of civilian West Point employees furloughed and now facing an uncertain future, local restaurants and shops say the government shutdown is going to have a huge impact in their business.
"But if people aren't on post working, then they're not going to come out for lunch, they're not going to come out after and stuff like that, so it's rough. It's rough for everybody. A big part of our business comes from West Point," said Kevin Pozo, Park Restaurant manager.
West Point Athletics are also in jeopardy.
The Navy released a statement saying, "As a result of the government shutdown, the department of defense has suspended all intercollegiate athletic competitions at the service academies."
And this could even less business for the local businesses.
Pozo said, "Army Football games are great for us, so are home games. It just brings so many people into the town. You know, we're a town because of West Point pretty much. The locals, we do our best the shop local and stay local, but we need West Point."