Updated 03/19/2013 04:04 PM
Liberty Island To Reopen To Visitors On Fourth Of July
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Sen. Charles Schumer and the U.S. Department of the Interior announced Tuesday that Liberty Island, the site of the Statue of Liberty which was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy, is reopening for tours on July 4.
The October storm battered the island, damaging a dock, a sea wall, walkways and the superintendent's house.
"This is good news. Four hundred people's jobs depended on the opening of the statue. Not only the people who maintained the statue, but the people who tend the boats that go back and forth and things like that," Schumer said. "But it's also good news for our tourist season, because we had reports from a lot of the hotels that people were either canceling reservations or not booking reservations as long as the statue remained closed."
It is not known when nearby Ellis Island, the former immigration processing center, will reopen to the public.
Schumer will appear on NY1's "Road To City Hall" tonight, where he will also discuss gun legislation in the U.S. Senate and President Barack Obama's trip to the Middle East. Obama is flying to Israel tonight.