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Air traffic controller resigns in Albany due to government shutdown

FILE - A Southwest Airlines jet takes off from Albany International Airport in Albany, N.Y. Friday, Sept. 2, 2005. FILE - A Southwest Airlines jet takes off from Albany International Airport in Albany, N.Y. Friday, Sept. 2, 2005. | Photo: AP Photo/Tim Roske.

January 17, 2019 07:04 PM

An FAA employee has resigned as an air traffic controller in the Capital District due to the partial government shutdown.

Albany tower air traffic controller Andrew Pegler, who is also the local president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, confirms to NewsChannel 13 an ATC assigned to the tower at Albany International Airport resigned as of Wednesday.

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Pegler adds that her decision was due to the partial government shutdown.

That former employee does not wish to share her story with NewsChannel 13, but Pegler says her husband had been trying to get hired by the FAA as an ATC locally and because of the shutdown Pegler says the man could not wait any longer for the prospect of employment. Pegler confirms the couple is now moving out of state.

Pegler also tells WNYT that every day the shutdown continues to erode more safety systems that are in place. Air traffic controllers in Albany will be handing out materials Friday to travelers explaining how the shutdown is impacting safety and efficiency of airspace and will worsen the staffing crisis.

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Jill Konopka

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