NY chips in to keep Statue of Liberty open during shutdown

NEW YORK — The huddled masses will still able to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island during the U.S. government’s partial shutdown.

An alert posted Saturday on the official National Park Service webpage for the sites says they’re open thanks to funding from New York state.

It’s the third time in five years the state has kept the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island open during a federal government shutdown.

During the January 2018 shutdown, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the cost was about $65,000 per day. The state also funded the sites during a 2013 shutdown.

About 10,000 people visit them each day.

Cuomo is planning deliver his third inaugural address on Ellis Island on New Year’s Day. A spokesman for the Democrat didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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