KYW reports that Mayor Nutter won’t use local dollars to re-open federal tourist sites like the Liberty Bell, even though New York is paying to keep open the Statue of Liberty. Gov. Tom Corbett has also refused to re-open tourist sites.
But the mayor did express his anger at the shutdown: “It is astounding to me that there is some rule or provision that allows the federal government to shut down,” he told KYW. “We look like idiots around the world that we would allow this to happen. These monuments — the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the birthplace of freedom, liberty and democracy — that we would tell Americans or international travelers coming here to see these incredible, iconic, historic sites that the government is closed! That’s so silly.”