ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York state and federal officials on Friday reached an agreement to reopen the Statue of Liberty amid the government shutdown.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state will pay $61,600 a day to fund National Park Service personnel to reopen the popular visitors' destination in New York Harbor.
New York has 33 sites under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, including the statue and nearby Ellis Island. They've been shut since Oct. 1 because of the partial federal shutdown.
Governors in at least four other states had asked for authority to reopen parks within their borders.
The park service said Thursday it would allow parks to reopen as long as states picked up the cost.
The statue is normally open seven days a week. Ferry service Statue Cruises, which in conjunction with the National Park Service runs boats from Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, gets about 7,000 to 10,000 passengers on an average day.
Associated Press writer Jonathan Lemire in New York City contributed to this report.
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