Andrew Cuomo

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Cuomo talks local impacts of shutdown with 1010 WINS

December 22, 2018 - 2:54 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo called into 1010 WINS on Saturday to give an update about the federal government shutdown and its impact on the New York region.

The governor said New York State footing the bill to keep the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island open was partly a symbolic move.

“While we’re watching government at its worst in Washington, the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of America at her best,” he said.

He said keeping the attractions open also makes sense economically.

“We have a tremendous number of tourists who come to the New York City area to see all our sites, but especially the Statue of Liberty,” he said, adding that he feared people would cancel their trips if the statue was closed.

“The economic impact of the tourism around the monument is about $1 million per day. We have agreed where the state will pay the salaries of those federal employees, which will cost the state about $65,000, so from an economic point of view it makes sense,” he said.

Cuomo said the state has been preparing for a shutdown.

“Pardon my skepticism, but I was not hopeful that this president would come to his senses and do the responsible thing,” he said. “So we’ve been preparing for this and I don’t believe there should be a significant impact on travel.”

Cuomo said the airports in New York are run by the Port Authority and that the authority will supplement any loss of federal employees to make sure air traffic and flights stay on schedule.