Government shut-down 'disappointing' for Liberty State Park visitors

Frederick Owens
January 22, 2018

Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday that the state will reopen the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island after both were closed due to the federal government shutdown, explaining his reasons in a number of tweets.

As a result of the budget impasse, many government services including the Statue of Liberty have been closed since Saturday.

Cuomo, a Democrat, said the landmark in New York Harbor will be "back to work tomorrow".

Some of the best-known parks have been kept open, including the Grand Canyon in Arizona and Yellowstone National Park.

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 sites generated $263.2 million in visitor spending and supported 3,400 jobs, according to a report released by the National Park Service.

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Xanterra Parks & Resorts, a private company that manages lodges, concessions and restaurants in numerous national parks including Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, Rocky Mountain and Zion, said they will remain open during the shutdown.

"We learned our lesson", he said.

"We planned to go, we have to change our plans now", she said. But in Philadelphia, visitors were turned away at the Liberty Bell. "Because a lot of people have the dream to work here in the United States so that's not really fair for them not to see the Statue of Liberty". "We don't know if we will come here again". "The federal government has tried to close it down symbolically".

The governor assured that keeping the site open will not be an extravagant cost for the state because it is a popular tourist destination.

"We recognize it's a huge economic attractor and has a big impact not just on rural areas around the Grand Canyon but the state as a whole", Ptak said, adding that the expected cost is around $100,000 per week.

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