Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island to remain open during shutdown

December 22, 2018 - 11:23 am

NEW YORK (AP) -- The huddled masses will still able to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island during the U.S. government's partial shutdown.

An alert posted Saturday on the official National Park Service webpage for the sites says they're open thanks to funding from New York state.

It's the third time in five years the state has kept the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island open during a federal government shutdown.

During the January 2018 shutdown, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the cost was about $65,000 per day. The state also funded the sites during a 2013 shutdown.

About 10,000 people visit them each day.

Cuomo is planning deliver his third inaugural address on Ellis Island on New Year's Day. A spokesman for the Democrat didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

In a statement, Mayor Bill de Blasio blamed put blame for the shutdown squarely on President Trump and his insistance on border wall funding. 

"The thousands of federal employees and their families who call New York City home should not be pawns for Donald Trump's backwards immigration policies," de Blasio said in the statement.