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Airport, prison open but park sites closed

While many aspects of federal government has been shut down, airports continue to be staffed.


Danbury Municipal Airport Administrator Paul Estefan says it's still a "wait and see" situation.  While Congress battles it out for an emergency spending bill compromise, there's been no word on if the Federal Aviation Administration will have to make budget cuts. 


But for the time being, Estefan says Danbury Airport is operational and contract air traffic controllers were at work Tuesday.  Automatic spending cuts were put off in March and in June.  Monday was the new deadline for sequestration to kick in, but the 149 contract air traffic control towers are still staffed as of now. 


While the traditional summer vacation season has come to an end, people are still wanting to get outdoors this fall.  The Weir Farm National Historic Site is closed because all national parks were shuttered.  All buildings and grounds are closed at the site in Wilton so leaf peepers will have to take in the scenery some place else.  The Appalachian Trail, which runs through Kent, does remain accessible. 


People currently receiving Medicare and Social Security will receive payments, but no new applications can be processed.  The same goes for Small Business loans.  IRS audits have been suspended.  The system employers use to check the immigration status of potential hires has been shut down. 


Federal courts will remain fully operational for about two weeks, but if the stalemate in Washington continues, some employees will have to be furloughed.  Cases however will continue to be heard.

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