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Local federal workers return to work after last-minute budget deal
ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Friday night's last-minute budget agreement means federal workers locally are breathing a sigh of relief. At 9:00 a.m., Fort Stanwix National Monument in Rome opened, as usual, Saturday morning.
Workers there did not know if they were going to be on the job Saturday, until just after midnight, which was the deadline for the government running out of money. They said that they, like everyone else, were watching their televisions to get the latest news and it broke right before the midnight deadline.
On Saturday, some local boy scouts visited the Revolutionary War-era fort.
National Park Ranger Kelly Cardwell said, "I guess it was a civic experience for them as well. Watch the news and see how government actually works. It was probably more nerve wracking for the little ten year old than it was for myself, so the boy scouts more than myself, it was a nerve wracking experience just wondering what was going to happen next."