Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) spoke in Battery Park Monday and requested a timeline for repairing damage caused by hurricane Sandy. “The Department of Interior has given us no knowledge, no inkling even, of when the statue is going to open," he said. “Providing a hard timeline of their efforts would be a significant step in the right direction in the recovery process."
The landmark is a major tourist destination for New York and storm damage has kept it closed for three months. Schumer also worked to reopen the Statue of Liberty after it closed for 9/11.
“Without a firm reopening date for the Statue of Liberty, tourists will be unable to plan visits to this iconic symbol of the nation, businesses will not know when they will be able to once again open their doors, and the employees that have been laid off won't know when they will be able to return to work," Schumer said. "As an enduring symbol of our nation and our city, Lady Liberty cannot be allowed to languish any longer than necessary."