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October 11, 2013

Local officials optimistic over shutdown talks


Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Director Mary Beth Silano said a short-term solution is just a “Band-Aid.” Things have to change in Washington, she said. She wasn’t taking sides on the issues, “but when you start putting party politics before your constituents — that’s wrong,” she said.

“I would rather see them working together than the blame game,” she said.

Country Club Automotive Group owner/partner Tom Armao said getting through a potential budget crisis “isn’t a bad idea.” He said he doesn’t know how much impact it will have on the region but he was concerned that raising the debt ceiling would lead to more federal spending.

“I’m hoping for responsible adults to show up some day, there are some tough decisions someone has to make,” he said.

Opportunities for Otsego Executive Director Daniel Maskin said if the debt ceiling is raised but the government is still closed, “it remains a problem for us.” The organization provides such programs as Head Start and Women, Infants and Children food and nutrition services.

With a shutdown, “at some point we will have a problem because we can’t access the money needed to provide services,” she said. However “if it is resolved in a couple of weeks we will be fine,” she said.

Maskin said the shutdown also prevents the agency from accessing government websites for certain information.

Otsego County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Barbara Ann Heegan said not raising the debt ceiling would make it more difficult for small business to get credit and take out loans, and could lead to higher interest rates.

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