Queens pol pushes to re-open Statue of Liberty – QNS.com

Queens pol pushes to re-open Statue of Liberty

Queens Congressmember Anthony Weiner has sent a letter to National Park Service Director nominee Mary Bomar asking her about her stance on opening the Statue of Liberty.
Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, access to the Statue of Liberty has been limited. Fran Mainella, the outgoing Director of the National Park Service, had sent a letter to Weiner stating that it would remain closed indefinitely.
Due to her position, Bomar, who currently is the Regional Director for the Northeast Region of the National Park Service, has been part of enforcing the visitation restrictions. Both the House of Representatives and Senate have both been taking action to completely reopen the Statue of Liberty.
Weiner has said that, in the future, he would not support a nominee who was opposed to once again opening the Statue of Liberty.
In his letter to Bomar, Weiner wrote, &#8220Before your nomination is considered by the Senate, the public should know: Do you have the courage and vision your predecessor lacked? Will you, like your predecessor, ignore Congress? Will you reopen Lady Liberty?”
The Statue of Liberty, a gift from France, was designed by sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. It was shipped in 350 pieces, arriving in New York City in June of 1885. The Statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886.
The 110-year-old statue weighs 450,000 pounds and has 154 steps from the pedestal to the head.
To find out more information about the Statue of Liberty, visit www.statueofliberty.org.

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