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Renovations to close Statue of Liberty

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Statue of Liberty will close for a year as it undergoes a $27.25 million renovation that officials say will make the interior safer and more accessible.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the renovation work Wednesday.

The National Parks Service, which manages the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, said it will keep the monument open through Oct. 28.

It will be closed the following day, though Liberty Island will be open as contractors make repairs to the monument.

The renovations will include upgrades to the statue's fire suppression systems, elevators and bathrooms.

The crown was closed after the Sept. 11 terror attacks but reopened on July 4, 2009. Since then, the National Parks Service has controlled the number of visitors to the crown.


Poll shows tight race for Weiner's seat

NEW YORK (AP) -- A new poll finds a tight race to succeed former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner in New York's 9th Congressional District.

The Siena Poll released Wednesday shows Democratic candidate David Weprin leading Republican Robert Turner by 48 percent to 42 percent. The district, which covers parts of Brooklyn and Queens, has never elected a Republican.

Weiner resigned in June after a sexting scandal. The special election to replace him is scheduled for Sept. 13.

The poll of 501 likely voters was conducted Aug. 3-8 by telephone and had a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.


Tax charge added to library worker's case

WHITE PLAINS (AP) -- A tax evasion charge has been added in the case of a Yonkers library worker accused of stealing more than $160,000 in overdue fines and other revenue.

The Westchester County district attorney said Wednesday that Margo Reed, 53, was indicted on charges including grand larceny, falsifying business records and filing a false tax return.

She was responsible for collecting fines and other revenue at the Yonkers Public Library. Between 2004 and 2010, she allegedly took $163,583 and altered records to cover it up.

The new charge says she did not account for the money on her state tax return.

If convicted Reed could be sentenced to five to 15 years in prison.

Her lawyer, Lawrence Sykes, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.