Schumer said he appreciated the department’s hard work to rebuild the monument after the storm, but said that a timeline and reopening date would be helpful for the recovery process.

“The Department of Interior has done a terrific job recovering and rebuilding after the storm, and is working hard on making the necessary repairs to Liberty Island,” Schumer said. “Providing a hard timeline of their efforts would be a significant step in the right direction in the recovery process."

Schumer said the closure has affected 400 employees who worked on the island selling concessions and providing security, among other things.

“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.