NYS Is Keeping The Statue Of Liberty And Ellis Island Open During The Federal Government Shutdown

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The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are open during the federal government shutdown. Throughout the duration of the shutdown, New York State will fully fund National Park Service personnel and costs of operations at the cost of $65,000 per day as it has during previous shutdowns in 2013 and this past January in order to keep the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island open to visitors.

 

“We will not allow President Trump’s repugnant symbol of division close the true representations of who we are as a state and a nation,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo. “As we’ve done before when Washington’s dysfunction has shut down the government, New York will step up and ensure the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island remain open for the world to look to for strength and hope during this tumultuous time.”

 

Under an agreement with the Department of the Interior, the New York State will pay to reopen the park as the federal shutdown continues. The park will be fully open and functioning as usual. The state will pay the federal government $65,000 for each day that the park is open.

  

The Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island have a major impact on the New York State economy. According to an annual report by the National Park Service, 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.

 

Shutting down the park would deny access to an average of 12,000 daily visitors and impact more than 900 direct jobs at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, including with the National Park Service and Evelyn Hill, Inc.

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Elizabeth Johnson is former editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.

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