Highland Falls businesses, restaurants reeling amid West Point shutdown
HIGHLAND FALLS - The Village of Highland Falls is feeling the impact of the partial government shutdown as nearby West Point temporarily closes up shop.
As of Tuesday morning, the military academy's visitor center, museum, tour operations and sporting events were ground to a halt. Restaurant and shop owners who rely on the academy's 3 million annual visitors to drive business say customers are suddenly hard to come by.
Mayor Patrick Flynn says the shutdown is a double-edged sword. Not only are tourist dollars dwindling, but West Point was forced to furlough hundreds of civilian employees.
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In addition, Flynn says many local businesses have laid off dozens of employees.