Plans to change the security screening procedures for visitors to the Statue of Liberty have been scrapped.
In a statement announced late Monday. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that the federal government will not go forward with plans to screen visitors once they arrive at Liberty and Ellis islands. The feds will instead screen them in Battery Park before they board the ferry. The Statue of Liberty reopens July 4.
The statue was closed after Hurricane Sandy flooded Liberty Island in late October. Before then, passengers were screened before they boarded boats at Battery Park in Lower Manhattan and Liberty State Park in New Jersey.
As CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis reported, the decision to scrap the new security plan ends a political back-and-forth about securing the Statue of Liberty.
“It just made no sense to give people a security search once they got to Liberty Island,” Schumer said.
Source: 1010 WINS NY