NIAGARA, N.Y. -- The federal government's shutdown has left many people in Western New York without work.
The New York National Guard furloughed 1,500 civilian technicians around the state, and about 430 of them were from Niagara Falls.
Yesterday, Walt Gordon, the acting wing commander of the 914th Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve in Niagara Falls, had to tell 246 of his servicemen that they were going to be furloughed.
"Most of our full-time people are on furlough, so they are home without pay right now," Gordon said.
There remains 116 of Gordon's fellow members on base, primarily firemen and security personnel, who are necessary to "keep minimum functions running," according to Gordon.
In addition, John Higgins, the commander of the 107th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard in Niagara Falls, had to send 180 of his 250 full-time personnel home.