Government Shutdown Hurting Businesses

October 2, 2013 Updated Oct 2, 2013 at 1:20 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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October 2, 2013 Updated Oct 2, 2013 at 1:20 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - The government shutdown is taking a toll on some local business that thrive on federal employees.

The Owner of Jetport in Niagara Falls, says his business has seen a 25-percent slip since more than 465 people at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station were furloughed.

Jimmy Richner, who owns Jetport Restaurant, says that, "Usually in the evening, we get usually five or six, maybe eight or ten tables from base and people staying overnight from out of town or out of state. And we didn't have nothing last night."

It is also a tough time for businesses inside federal buildings.

Sue's Deli is located inside a federal building in downtown Buffalo. The co-owner, Wade Badawy, says he has seen a drop of at least 50-percent in business.

"Our tables are empty and the customers are just stragglers, it's not a steady flow," Badawy says.

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