CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. - Some civilian employees at Camp Smith will be furloughed starting in July, due to the national budget cuts known as the sequester. Beginning around July 8th, 48 military technicians at Camp Smith will be furloughed for a total of 88 hours each. Officials at Camp Smith estimate this will result in approximately $130,000 of total budget savings, according to a release from Congresswoman Nita Lowey's office. “Every day, the devastating effects of these senseless cuts on the Lower Hudson Valley become clearer and clearer,” Lowey said. “With the sequester already causing cuts to early childhood education programs and cutting-edge medical research, the furlough of 48 workers at Camp Smith is just the latest example of how these across-the-board budget cuts hurt the Lower Hudson Valley."
Nationally, more than 651,000 Department of Defense employees – 85% of its civilian workforce – will be furloughed. The impact of these furloughs on the U.S. economy is expected to be more than $2 billion dollars.
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