Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Cuomo says NY will reopen Statue of Liberty despite shutdown

Cuomo says NY will reopen Statue of Liberty despite shutdown

But by mid-day Saturday, the pattern was spotty.

The federal government shut down on Saturday as Republicans and Democrats in Congress feuded over spending, including a program that protects young undocumented immigrants.

"We're only here two and a half days, it's one of the things we want to see", he said, adding he might have wanted to go to the top of the crown, "but now we can't".

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

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park about 20 miles northwest of Atlanta remained open Saturday.

Neklas Kruse, 25, was visiting the city for five days from Germany, and made a decision to try the harbor tour, admitting he was "a little bit" disappointed he couldn't land on the island itself, and questioning how long a government shutdown would last.

The park service said the closure of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island was effective immediately and until further notice.

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Watkins says Park Service rangers aren't on site but are being replaced by museum and memorial staff members.

Spokesman Scott Gediman says the park that boasts the famous granite cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan can't pay all of its people so rangers are being furloughed. Campground visitors with reservations may find someone else in their spot because nobody will be checking.

"We're going to be talking to the federal government as soon as somebody answers the phone", he said.

The historic park in northwest Wyoming was open under a blanket of fresh snow on Saturday.

The National Park Service announced that both NY sites would be closed Saturday "due to a lapse in appropriations".

Snow coaches - small buses with tank-like tracks and oversized tires - shuttled visitors from the edge of the park to the geyser field that includes Old Faithful and to other popular destinations within the parks remote interior.

Tourists who went down to lower Manhattan hoping to catch a ferry to the Statue of Liberty were left high and dry on Sunday as both the historic statue and the nearby Ellis island were closed owing to the USA government shutdown.

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