New York Governor in Talks to Reopen Statue of Liberty with State Funds

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New York is one of several states calculating the cost of reopening nationally-funded sites. The perception that a city is open to tourists may be even more important than money reaped in a reopening.

— Samantha Shankman

A Cuomo administration official says talks aimed at reopening the Statue of Liberty are under way between state and federal officials.

The official tells The Associated Press the state is working with parks officials to try to determine the cost of a plan to reopen the popular visitors’ destination in New York Harbor. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly and no deal has been reached.

New York has 33 sites under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, including the statue and nearby Ellis Island.

They’ve been shut since Oct. 1 because of the partial federal shutdown in an ongoing standoff between the Obama administration and Republican majority in the House.

Governors in at least four other states have asked for authority to reopen parks within their borders.

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