NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. - Lady Liberty is back open for business for Columbus Day Weekend.
That's after New York State agreed to foot the bill to reopen Liberty Island, which was shuttered because of the government shutdown.
Ferry trips to Liberty Island National Park from Manhattan's Battery Park resumed Sunday morning.
The Governor's office says the state will shell out a little more than 61-thousand-dollars a day to keep the tourist attraction open.
Speaking just before the statue was reopened Governor Andrew Cuomo says it's not just about symbolism, it's simply about economics.
"What you have to remember is that the Statue of Liberty is one of the main tourist destinations and people come to New York to come to the Statue of Liberty among other things, when you close it down you close down a good portion of the tourism in New York City," said Cuomo.
Those with tickets for Liberty Island from days during the shutdown will still be honored.