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Statue of Liberty was shut down for a night giving tourists an unpleasant surprise

Tourists who came to Battery Park in lower Manhattan planning to get a catch to the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor got an unpleasant surprise on Saturday, as the Statue of Liberty was shut down by US government.

The National Park Service declared on Friday evening that it would close the notable statue and close-by Ellis Island to guests if Congress neglected to achieve a financing bargain by midnight.

And not many of them came to know about this news and were surprised to see place shut down.

But then on Sunday, in a press conference, the New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he will use state funds to keep the Statue of Liberty open for tourists during the federal government shutdown.

Cuomo, a Democrat, said the landmark in New York Harbor will be “back to work tomorrow.”
“When the Statue of Liberty closes, it disrupts many tourists’ plans,” Cuomo said. “We’ve contacted the federal Department of the Interior and we worked out an arrangement where New York State will fund the federal employees who operate the Statue of Liberty so it will reopen tomorrow at state expense.”
When the Senate failed to approve legislation to keep the government from shutting down before midnight Saturday, the National Park Service announced that the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island would close immediately until further notice.

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