New York, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Statue of Liberty is back in business.
As some politicians stayed in Washington to continue hashing out ways to end the shutdown, Governor Andrew Cuomo headed to Battery Park in New York City to announce the development.
A deal reached Friday with the federal government allows the state of New York to fully fund National Park Service employees at a daily cost of approximately $61,000.
Cuomo said Sunday after twelve days of being closed, the loss of revenue and jobs was taking a toll on tourism and local employment.
"When you close down the Statue of Liberty, you close down a good draw of tourism that comes to New York City and that's been totaled in millions of dollars in damage. So, New York said to the federal government, if you don't want to open the Statue of Liberty, we will."
The closure turned away about 10,000 visitors a day and resulted in the loss of 400 jobs.