Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $11 Million to Improve Statue of Liberty, Governors Island

Apr 22, 2009

Washington, D.C. – U.S.
Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $10,828,250 to
make critical improvements to the Statue of Liberty and Governor’s Island, as
well as National Parks throughout New York City. The funds will support job
creation and provide critical improvements to the historic sites, and are part
of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Senators Schumer
and Gillibrand helped pass earlier this year.

“By investing our federal dollars in these national treasures, we
create jobs and preserve the parks and historic sites that make
New York such a wonderful place to visit,” said Schumer. “Injecting this
funding into our city’s parks will ensure a brighter, more beautiful city for
generations to come, and, it will bring jobs to help boost the local economy in
New York City.”

“This is great news for
New York City,” Senator Gillibrand said.  “As New Yorkers, we cherish our
parks and historic sites.  These funds will go a long way in making the
improvements our parks need, while supporting our economic recovery. I pledge
to continue working with Senator Schumer and the entire New York Delegation to
make sure New York City gets its fair share of federal dollars.”

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will receive $2,526,000 to install power
and communications lines for the perimeter security area. Governors Island will
receive $5,588,000 to help stabilize Castle Williams and help with the
abatement of hazardous materials in the area.

In addition, the following investments were also included to improve New York
City’s National Parks:

  • Hamilton Range: $2,352,000 to complete
    the rehabilitation of the park;
  • Gateway: $362,000 to install photovoltaic
    equipment at five Sandy Hook Beach Centers; and
  • General Grant: $250,000 to complete the
    rehabilitation of General Grant’s tomb and overlook.

The funding for New York City’s National Parks is part of a $750 million
investment in parks across the country to support job creation and help enhance
the experience for visitors, while conserving our nation’s heritage and history
for future generations.

Senators Schumer and Gillibrand are strong supporters of
President Obama’s economic plan. The investment will help create or save more
than 200,000 jobs in New York, while laying the foundation of future economic
growth with critical investments in infrastructure, renewable energy, health
care technology and education.