New York to fund Statue of Liberty during government shutdown

The Statue of Liberty will reopen Monday after the state agreed to pick up the tab for the iconic site closed by the federal government shutdown, Gov. Cuomo said Sunday.

“It’s going to be open and running as normal,” Cuomo said at a press conference in a lower Manhattan park overlooking the statue. “We will pay to keep the Statue of Liberty open every day.”

Lady Liberty was among the national monuments and parks that closed after Congress failed Friday night to pass legislation to keep the government funded.

But Cuomo said the state had reached an agreement with the federal Department of Interior so New York could pay for the federal employees who operate Liberty Island. The cost amounts to about $65,000 a day.

That is an economic problem for the State of New York. Tourism is very big business here in the city and the state and when the Statue of Liberty closes, it disrupts many tourists’ plans,” Cuomo said.

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