The Statue of Liberty did not suffer from any kind of damage due to hurricane Sandy, but a number of other structures on the island were destructed. Most significantly, the dock for ferries that carry visitors from Liberty State Park and Lower Manhattan underwent serious damage.
One of the other reasons behind the delay of re-opening of the establishment has been disagreement between the NYPD and the National Park Service on the issue of the security of the statue. Prior to hurricane Sandy, visitors had to pass through airport-style screening lanes in order to board into ferries.
According to the Chief spokesperson for the NYPD, the issue is still under discussion and restated the departments concern with the risk element associated with the onboarding of passengers on the ferry.