STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

NY Gov. Cuomo to keep Statue of Liberty open during shutdown

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he will use state funds to keep the Statue of Liberty open to visitors during th...

Posted: Jan 22, 2018 9:26 AM
Updated: Jan 22, 2018 9:26 AM

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he will use state funds to keep the Statue of Liberty open to visitors during the federal government shutdown during a press conference on Sunday.

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

"When the Statue of Liberty closes, it disrupts many tourists' plans," Cuomo said. "We've contacted the federal Department of the Interior and we worked out an arrangement where New York State will fund the federal employees who operate the Statue of Liberty so it will reopen tomorrow at state expense."

The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island within the state of New York, but it is operated by the federal National Park Service. When the Senate failed to approve legislation to keep the government from shutting down before midnight Saturday, the National Park Service announced that the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island would close immediately until further notice.

"From our point of view, it's a good investment because the revenue we gain from the tourists is multiples of what it will cost to actually pay to open the Statue of Liberty," Cuomo said. "Again, we want to keep tourism flowing, we want people coming and we don't want any disruption. So our arrangement with the federal Department of Interior will last for the period of shutdown."

After the government shut down at midnight on Saturday, visitors found boat trips to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were canceled and signs were posted at the departure area explaining that the shutdown forced the closure.

Cuomo said keeping the Statue of Liberty open is important because it's symbolic of the debate about immigration currently halting work in Congress right now.

"The issue is about immigration and the sense that some people have that this country should close the doors and stop immigration," Cuomo said. "The concept of closing the doors to immigrants is repugnant to the concept of America."

Article Comments

Tupelo
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 50°
Columbus
Few Clouds
49° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 49°
Oxford
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 45°
Starkville
Scattered Clouds
45° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 45°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather

Latest Video

Image

City Spotlight: TPD's No Shave November

Image

City Spotlight - Cooking As A First Language

Image

Joel - Increasing clouds Thursday ahead of Friday showers and storms

Image

Teddy bear drive to benefit abused children

Image

One death reported in Oktibbeha County house fire

Image

Loved ones remember WWII bomber pilot

Image

Houlka Coach dies

Image

Deadly house fire investigation

Image

Interview: Nutcracker ballet in Tupelo

Image

Interview: Raw Furniture Co. in Tupelo