Lady Liberty will open today (October 13) despite the government shutdown, added a report in The Staten island Advance yesterday. To read more about the exciting story visit www.silive.com.
"Despite the government shutdown, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reached a deal to reopen the Statue of Liberty on Sunday with the state bearing the cost," added the report.
"And the Statue of Liberty is not the only national landmark reopening: Legislators in Arizona and South Dakota negotiated to reopen the Grand Canyon and Mt. Rushmore in their respective states," added The Advance.
"Under the agreement, New York State will fully fund National Park Service personnel at the daily cost of $61,600 to open Liberty Island National Park to visitors," according to yesterday's report..
"We will not allow this international symbol of freedom to remain closed because of the dysfunction and gridlock of Washington," Cuomo said to the media, according to the story in The Advance.
Ferry trips to Liberty Island National Park from Manhattan's Battery Park will resume at 9 a.m. Tickets go on sale at 8:30 a.m, added the news story. A National Parks service spokesman told the Associated Press that tickets for Liberty Island access for the days it's been closed will be honored, but only limited spots are available inside the monument or at the crown.
"As a result of the shutdown -- which has denied access to more than 10,000 visitors to the park daily -- more than 400 direct jobs have been lost at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, according to the governor's office," added The Advance.
In addition, the federal government itself is losing $50,000 per day in concessionaire fees, according to the governor's office, The Advance reported.
"The Statue of Liberty is one of this country's most recognizable landmarks, attracting millions of visitors to the state every year, and its closure these last 11 days has had a terrible impact on the local economy and tourism industry," Cuomo said to AP, as reported in The Advance.
"So while the dysfunction and gridlock in Washington D.C. has failed to keep this important state asset open, New York is stepping up to take over this responsibility," added Cuomo in the report. So Staten Islanders home for the upcoming Columbus Day holiday may take advantage of this opportunity to view our nation's beacon of hope. Here's to you Lady Liberty!