Cuomo vows to keep Statue of Liberty open amid federal shutdown

People line up on Central Park West as they wait for the start of a march highlighting equal rights and equality for women Saturday Jan. 20 2018 in New York. The New York protest was among more than 200 such actions planned for the weekend around the

"I think it's kind of outrageous", said Zach Bokanyi, a 20-year-old waiter from Woodstock, Va.

The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island within the territorial jurisdiction of NY, but is federal property administered by the National Park Service. "But I don't blame it all on them".

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, both part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and administered by the National Parks Service, are subject to the federal closure.

"When they try to kick out immigrants, when they try to deport Dreamers, they're trying to close down the Statue of Liberty", said Cuomo.

"How do you close the Statue of Liberty?"

"We're not coming back", Pettoroso replied.

While the Trump Administration has said that some national parks will remain open, despite over 21,000 Park Service employees being furloughed, the Statue of Liberty in NY was closed to visitors on Saturday.

Governor Cuomo says despite the government shutdown, he's going to try to use state money to keep the Statue of Liberty, which is in a federal park, open.

Gov. Cuomo promised to find a way to get boats to the iconic New York Harbor landmark up and running. "There is no substitute for National Park Service staff and their expertise, and it is not wise to put the public or our park resources at risk by allowing for half-measures to keep them open".

Cuomo, who is seeking a third term and is a potential presidential candidate in 2020, said it was also important to keep the Statue of Liberty open because tourists already in NY were planning to visit the site.

The National Parks Conservation Association told The Washington Post that a third of the 417 national park sites were completely closed.

Some parks, like Yellowstone National Park remain open to snowmobiles and skiers, but visitor centers, bathrooms and other facilities have been shuttered.

While the federal government has indicted that parks and monuments could stay open, there was uncertainty how that would work.

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