New York taxpayers foot $1.5M bill for tourist sites during government shutdown

NEW YORK (WABC) -- It cost New York taxpayers more than $1 million to keep popular tourist sites open during the longest government shutdown in history.

New York spent a whopping $1.5 million to keep the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island open.

That comes out to about $65,000 a day.

The Cuomo administration also spent $52,000 for the governor's January inauguration ceremony on Ellis Island.

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