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.
@NYGovCuomo has provided the necessary funding to keep the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island open during the shutdown of the federal government. The park remains open, welcoming visitors from across our nation and around the globe. pic.twitter.com/SwNy0X9dum— Statue of Liberty NM (@StatueEllisNPS) December 22, 2018
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.
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