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Statue Of Liberty To Shine For First Time Since Hurricane Sandy

A sailboat sails past the Statue of Liberty on October 31, 2012. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

A sailboat sails past the Statue of Liberty on October 31, 2012. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – For the first time since Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Tri-State Area last week, the Statue of Liberty will once again shine through the darkness of New York Harbor.

Providing a bright beacon of hope to storm ravaged residents of New York and New Jersey, Lady Liberty will be re-lit through temporary measures that will remain in place until a full assessment of the extent of the damage to the lighting system is complete and a permanent fix implemented.

“For 125 years the Statue of Liberty has been one of the world’s most enduring symbols of our nation and this great city,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “While we work to do everything necessary to re-open the Statue and every other national park damaged by the hurricane, we are grateful to Musco Lighting and the National Park Foundation for turning the lights on Lady Liberty, another step forward in the recovery of this region.”

Nearly 70 national parks were damaged when Sandy roared up the East Coast before making landfall on Oct. 29 in southern New Jersey.

For more information on how to support the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in national parks go to www.nationalparks.org.