Furloughed Federal Employees Return to Work

October 17, 2013 Updated Oct 17, 2013 at 3:15 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

October 17, 2013 Updated Oct 17, 2013 at 3:15 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Federal workers in Western New York were relieved to get back to work Thursday morning, after Congress voted to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

At the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, volunteers were excited to return. Because employees are not funded by the federal government, they were able to work. However, the site is a unit of the National Park Service, frustrated employees had to turn away visitors and school groups.

On Thursday, employees came in with enthusiasm.

"It feels terrific," says Executive Director, Molly Quackenbush. "We've been waiting and waiting, we're just so excited to finally be able to open our doors."

All across Western New York, the furlough has ended for federal workers.

"It's a relief," says Steve McKinney, who is worked for the first time after a 16 day furlough. "You always want to provide for your family, so that's the most important thing."

It's also a boost for businesses that rely on federal employees.

Sue's Deli, which is located inside a federal building, lost many customers that the shutdown forced to stay home.

"I'm glad that it's over and everybody is back to work," says co-owner, Wade Badawe. "I just hope the situation doesn't repeat itself."