NEW YORK -- Security screening for visitors to the Statue of Liberty will be held in lower Manhattan instead of on Ellis Island when the site reopens on July 4 after cleanup from Superstorm Sandy.

The National Park Service originally had planned for visitors to board cruise ships in Manhattan or in 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 urged federal authorities to reverse the policy, saying it could leave visitors vulnerable.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Monday that establishing a temporary screening facility at lower Manhattan's Battery Park would address security concerns while security procedures are further reviewed. Plans for screenings at Liberty State Park are being developed.

Earlier on HuffPost:

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  • The sun rises in front of the Statue of Liberty before the start of a ceremonies on Liberty Island in New York on Oct. 28, 2011 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty.

  • The Statue of Liberty is reflected in the window of a ferry carrying passengers for a naturalization ceremony at Liberty Island on Oct. 28, 2011 in New York City. One hundred and twenty five citizens were naturalized in honor of the Statue of Liberty's 125th birthday.

  • Visitors to Liberty Island pass the front of the Statue of Liberty on Oct. 28, 2011 in New York City. One hundred and twenty five citizens were naturalized in honor of the Statue of Liberty's 125th birthday.

  • Donna Bodkins, of Fisher, West Virginia, caries American flags while visiting the Statue of Liberty to mark her 125th anniversary, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 in New York.

  • Caroline DuCrey, of Albertville, France, jumps in front of the Statue of Liberty so her friends can take her photo, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 in New York. It is the Statue's 125th anniversary.

  • Zuyu Nu, center, from China and serving with the U.S. Navy, takes the oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony at the Statue of Liberty, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011in New York. The oath of citizenship was taken by 125 people, to mark the Statues's 125th anniversary. On the left is Adeniyi Ismail Rufai from Nigeria and serving with the Navy, and on the right is Patrick Kudzo Azameti from Ghana and serving the U.S. Army.

  • Ten month-old twins Rachel Song (L) and Julia Song (R) hold American flags while they sleep during the naturalization ceremony of their parents Seong Song and Young Kim, from South Korea, at Liberty Island on Oct. 28, 2011 in New York City. One hundred and twenty five citizens were naturalized in honor of the Statue of Liberty's 125th birthday.

  • An unidentified woman uses an American flag to shield her eyes from the sun during a naturalization ceremony at the Statue of Liberty, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011in New York. The oath of citizenship was taken by 125 people, to mark the Statues's 125th anniversary.

  • A woman looks out from the crown of the Statue of Liberty after ceremonies on Liberty Island in New York on Oct. 28,2011 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty.

  • A couple of new citizens hug as they take the ferry to attend a naturalization ceremony on Liberty Island in New York on October 28, 2011 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty.

  • A fireworks display over the Statue of Liberty commemorates the 125th anniversary of the statue, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 in Bayonne, N.J.

  • Fireworks streak by the Statue of Liberty in celebration of the anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty on October 28, 2011 in New York City. The celebrations for the worldwide symbol of freedom and of friendship between France and the United States included the naturalization of 125 new citizens from 46 nations and the installation of Internet webcams on the statue.