Security screening for visitors to the Statue of Liberty will now be held in lower Manhattan instead of on Ellis Island when the site reopens this summer after cleanup from Superstorm Sandy.
The National Park Service had originally planned for visitors to board cruise ships in Manhattan or Liberty State Park, N.J. and stop at Ellis Island for security, but New York officials criticized the plan.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and police Commissioner Raymond Kelly had urged federal authorities to reverse its policy, saying it could leave visitors vulnerable.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the policy change on Monday, saying that establishing a temporary screening facility at Battery Park would address security concerns while they further review security procedures.
The Statue of Liberty is set to reopen on July 4.