- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 29, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) - New York could plan for the next federal shutdown to make sure residents are able to access public services from food stamps to air traffic safety to tax refunds.

Legislators will hear from the public about such possible plans at a public hearing Tuesday morning in the Senate hearing room in New York City.

The hearing will examine what actions New York and other states took in response to past federal government shutdowns.

Lawmakers could consider instituting a formal shutdown contingency plan at a time when shutdowns are occurring more frequently and for longer periods of time.

The most recent 35-day government shutdown was the longest in history.

The hearing will look at whether state agencies overlooked any area as they tried to mitigate the impact of the shutdown.

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