081308lib.jpgAfter considerable nagging from Representative Anthony Weiner, the federal government has hired a contractor to determine what it will take to reopen the Statue of Liberty's crown, which has been closed since 9/11. The study will cost $150,000, but Weiner, who's running for Mayor in '09, tells the Daily News it will just be a big waste of money if the contractor gets bogged down trying to bring the landmark up to safety and security codes: "This is a good step if it brings the National Park Service to where they need to be to reopen the crown. But if it's just another bureaucratic barrier, then it's not worth the paper it's written on." See, he's already got the hang of this mayor thing – if the data supports your argument, it's good; if not, it's worthless!