Despite a partial government shutdown, the Statue of Liberty is reopened to the public. New York State has agreed to foot the bill to keep the historic landmark open. YNN's Jon Weinstein has the story.
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- The Statue of Liberty reopened to the public Sunday morning after the state agreed to shoulder the costs of running the site during the government shutdown.
The state will pay nearly $370,000 to allow National Park Service employees to get back to managing the landmark monument until October 17.
Ferry trips from Battery Park resumed at 9 a.m.
Tickets went on sale at 8:30 a.m.
"It's just a really big monument, big part of New York so I was really happy just to be able to come," said one young tourist.
"I was kid of upset when I found out I might not be able to go inside," said another young tourist.
It's also welcome news for ferry operators and park rangers who have been affected by the shutdown.
"Folks think that perhaps, 'Oh it's great the government can have a vacation for a little while and stuff.' Not this staff. My staff we're dedicated, we love this place," said Statue of Liberty Superintendent David Luchsinger.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says the statue and the millions of dollars in tourist revenue it brings in are critical for the economy.
"It makes obvious sense for us to pay for the cost of operation which pales in comparison to the amount of money we're now losing," Cuomo said.
Some visitors to the landmark even said the Republicans and Democrats in Washington could learn from the ideals embodied by the Statue of Liberty.
"They just need to talk to each other and work it out. I mean, start cooperating with each other, quit arguing like we're separated. We're supposed to be connected and united together," said one tourist.
Governor Cuomo says he worked directly with the White house to reopen the monument. And even though the initial deal is only for six days, he's vowing to keep Lady Liberty open no matter how long the shutdown lasts.