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ELLIS ISLAND WILL REOPEN IN SEPTEMBER

Ellis Island, site of the immigration station through which millions of new Americans passed between 1892 and 1954, will reopen to the public Sept. 10 after a six-year, $156 million restoration.

Stephen Briganti, president of the Statue of Liberty -- Ellis Island Foundation, said Tuesday that the cost exceeded a 1987 estimate by about $16 million.

That, he said, was the result of unforeseen problems, including the need to dig power lines to the island from Liberty State Park in New Jersey.

He said the reopening would be preceded by a Sept. 9 dedication ceremony to which President Bush has been invited.

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