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Gov't shutdown hurting local communities that depend on tourism


ALBANY, N.Y. -- The government shutdown is costing communities around national parks millions of dollars a day, and one local congressman says the economy just can't take this hit anymore.

Visitors are being turned away at national parks, which means tourism dollars that many communities count on aren't coming in.

"It's taking a toll, and hopefully they get it open soon," says Mike Carrubba, owner of Carrubba's Pizza in Stillwater.

His business is the closest to Saratoga National Historical Park, but with the park closed – his business is taking a hit.

"With our slice specials and our sandwiches, there's defiantly been a difference since the park shutdown," he says.

Carrubba has been in business since December of 2012, and he was looking forward to revenue from people who travel north to enjoy the fall colors.

"Since we've opened we've seen a decent amount of people either coming to or going from the park," he says.

On Wednesday, Congressman Paul Tonko tweeted that communities around the country that are close to national parks, like Stillwater, are losing $30 million a day because of the shutdown.

"The closure of our National Parks and memorials – along with problems caused for veterans, small businesses, furloughed federal workers, and countless other groups – saps our economy and damages our national pride. It is yet another reason why Congress must pass a clean funding bill, reopen the government, get Americans back to work, and save the policy debates on health care and spending for regular order," the congressman said in a statement to NEWS10 ABC.

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