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February 19 2018, 08:04 | Irvin Gilbert
Huddled masses? Come back later: The Statue of Liberty closed by shutdown
Andrew Cuomo has vowed to find state money to reopen the Statue of Liberty, which closed due to the federal government shutdown.
Although the sites are located within the territorial jurisdiction of NY, they are federal property administered by the National Park Service and were thus closed by the shutdown. The state will provide $65,000 to cover the costs of operating the sites, which will include paying National Park Service staff.
In Washington, the Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will remain open through Monday, using prior-year funds.
During the last shutdown in 2013, a number of governors used state funds to keep certain parks open, including the Statue of Liberty, which at that time cost $61,600 per day to reopen.
The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island within the state of NY, but it is operated by the federal National Park Service.
The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island within the territorial jurisdiction of NY, but is federal property administered by the National Park Service. "We want to keep it open literally". Cuomo noted that situation was different because the state initially believed the shutdown wouldn't last long.
He says the state will pay for the duration of the shutdown, and the sites will be open every day.
The park service said the closure of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island was effective immediately and until further notice.
"We don't want any break in the tourism schedule and we don't want any disruption for tourists who are here to see the Statue of Liberty", he said.