New casinos will be a boon for New York's economy and people --- if the state and local governments deal with them wisely.
Public education will take a small hit due to the government shutdown, but the local nature of education means the impact will be relatively smaller compared to other areas.
Republican hardliners threaten to shut down the federal government to prevent implementation of Affordable Care Act. Such hostage-taking tactics would have great negative repercussions.
Past experience suggests that changes in immigration laws are unlikely to become something a president is remembered for.