Gov. Andrew Cuomo marched in the Columbus Day parade today in New York City, blasting Washington for its government shutdown and touting the state’s reopening of the Statute of Liberty.
“We’re paying the price here in New York to open the Statute of Liberty just because we were doing such damage to the economy having it closed. We refuse to close the Statute of Liberty,” Cuomo said.
“It’s a great symbol of freedom and democracy, while they’re making a mockery of democracy in Washington.”
About 3.7 million people visited Liberty Island in 2011, generating $174 million in economic activity and supporting 2,218 jobs, Cuomo’s office said.
Cuomo touted his Italian heritage on Columbus Day, and he said the parade is prideful for all New Yorkers and a showcase of the state’s diversity.
“It’s not just Italian Americans,” Cuomo said. “These parades, it’s just another opportunity to celebrate all of New York.”