by Lisa A. Grimaldi | January 22, 2018
New York State will reopen the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island today, following its closure this weekend due to the federal government shutdown; the state will fully fund National Park Service personnel and operating costs, which run $65,000 a day.
According to a statement released by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office, the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island have a major impact on the New York State economy, citing the National Park Service's annual report that revealed 4.5 million people visited Liberty Island in 2016, generating $263.2 million in visitor spending per year and supporting 3,400 jobs, with an economic output of $364 million.
"The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom and opportunity for all, and it is a gross injustice that this administration's dysfunction caused it to shut down. When this administration tries to deport immigrants, when they close down the Statue of Liberty, they are attacking who we are," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "New York will always stand up for the core values that make our nation truly great. New York State will not allow the vitriol of Washington to close the Statue of Liberty. Today I am proud to announce that New York State will keep the Statue of Liberty open. The federal government's dysfunction has tried to close it down symbolically. We will keep it open literally."
According to the Associated Press, Arizona has similar plans to keep the Grand Canyon National Park open, reporting Gov. Doug Ducy said the attraction "will not close on our watch, period."