Cuomo: Mother Cabrini Snub An Affront To Italian-Americans

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October 13, 2019 - 5:01 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – With Columbus Day on Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is denouncing what he sees as an affront to the Italian-American community by Mayor de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray.

“The ugliness of Italian-American stereotyping is still alive and well,” Cuomo said. “Our battle is not over.

Speaking on Saturday at a gala for the Columbus Citizens Foundation, which aims to celebrate Italian-American heritage, Cuomo said a recent event reminded him of the fight that remains.

“A New York City commission was created to erect statues of accomplished women. They took a public poll to see which great New York women should be honored,” the governor said.

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, known as Mother Cabrini, won the vote by a significant margin. But the commission, which is led by McCray, decided to pass her over for seven other women—and Cuomo is not happy about it.

“Let’s stand up, let’s demand respect for our community,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo says he fully supports the Brooklyn Diocese’s efforts to build a memorial to Mother Cabrini.

“They’re right. We should applaud their courage and their activism,” Cuomo said.

Mayor de Blasio has said the process is not over and a statue of Cabrini could still be chosen in the next round.

Cabrini was the first American saint. She funded dozens of intuitions aimed at helping the needy.