Officials say Western New York's economy could be hit hard by this shutdown

October 1, 2013 Updated Oct 1, 2013 at 8:52 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

October 1, 2013 Updated Oct 1, 2013 at 8:52 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW)- The federal government is the second largest employer in the region.

"If you take several thousand people out of the western NY area from getting paychecks," said Senator Schumer. "You know the hardship is first and foremost on their backs, but it hurts the whole economy."

Because of the government shutdown, many federal agencies across the country have shut their doors and sent their employees home without pay.

But not everyone is closed for business today, Federal law says "essential" workers relating to national security or public safety shall continue with their duties.

So, when it comes to TSA, FBI, and Border Patrol, some employees are at work today without pay.

Just two hours before the shutdown last night, President Obama signed a bill making sure the military gets paid.

Military personnel over at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base are at workbut many of the civilian employees have been asked to stay home.