Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, Set to Reopen Despite US Government Shutdown


With the state of New York picking up the tab for the federal workers, it was announced that Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty would be open for visitors on Monday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo made the said announcement on Sunday afternoon.

The said sites have been closed because of the shutdown of the federal government of the United States.

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The Democratic Cuomo says that the said sites are important to the tourism industry of the state, so the state will spend around $65,000 per day for the federal employees who are operating the sites. He says that the revenue that will be gained will more than offset the costs.

He says that the state will shoulder the operating expenses for the duration of the shutdown, and the said sites will be open every day.

During the last government shutdown in 2013, New York had the same arrangement.