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NY helps Statue of Liberty stay open during shutdown

Taxpayers will pick up the daily $65,000 cost usually borne by the National Park Service.

The Statue of Liberty on Sept. 8, 2016.

The Statue of Liberty on Sept. 8, 2016. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer

New York State will pay to keep the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island open during the federal government’s shutdown, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Saturday. 

Taxpayers will pick up the daily $65,000 cost usually borne by the National Park Service because “it’s in our economic interest but also as a matter of symbolism,” Cuomo, a Democrat, said Saturday afternoon on CNN. 

He said there are about 1,000 workers who will continue to be paid as a result of the state subsidy, Cuomo said 

“The Statue of Liberty is one of the nation’s great tourist destinations,” Cuomo said. 

He added: “We would lose roughly $1 million per day in economic impact, so the state will pay those employees.” 

The state last subsidized the tourist destinations during prior shutdowns, in 2013 and last year.

About 4.5 million in 2016 people visited Liberty Island, where the statue is, generating $263.2 million in visitor spending, Cuomo’s office said.

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