2006-09-08 / Front Page

Weiner Pushes NPS Nominee For Torch Opening

Representative Anthony Weiner recently sent a letter to National Park Service Director nominee Mary Bomar asking whether she supports outgoing Director Fran Maniella's policy of denying visitors full access to the Statue of Liberty. Weiner has previously said that he will work with his colleagues in the Senate to oppose the nomination of any future NPS Director who does not support fully re-opening Lady Liberty.

Bomar, who was nominated for the top Parks post on Tuesday, currently serves as head of the National Park Service Northeast Region, which includes the Statue of Liberty. Accordingly, Bomar has been responsible for enforcing the policy of restricting access to the Statue since 9/11.

In a letter to Weiner last month, outgoing National Park Service Director Maniella officially announced that the Statue of Liberty will remain closed to the public indefinitely, disregarding recent House and Senate actions to fully reopen the Statue. Yet, Bomar could reverse Mainella's decree, clearing the way for guests to enjoy the thrill that many visitors experienced prior to 9/11 - gazing at the New York landscape through the iconic crown of Lady Liberty.

According to a news report on her nomination, Bomar understands the symbolism of the statue. Bomar, who was born in England, was struck by the Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon while traveling to the United States with her family, sparking a determination "to work at these special places."

In his letter to Bomar, Weiner asks, "Before 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 the Congress? Will you reopen Lady Liberty?"

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