Cuomo fumes over Mother Cabrini statue snub: Italian-Americans must 'stand up'

Adam Warner
October 13, 2019 - 6:19 pm
Mother Cabrini

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Gov. Cuomo said the decision to pass over Saint Frances Cabrini for a statue despite her leading a poll of contenders is an “affront” to the Italian-American community.

Cuomo waded into the controversy surrounding the snub at a gala for the Columbus Citizens Foundation on Saturday, the New York Post reported.

Seven other women were chosen to get statues as part of the “She Built NYC” statue program even though Cabrini got “by far” the most votes out of 300 women, Cuomo said. The program is run by Chirlane McCray, Mayor de Blasio’s wife.

Cuomo told the crowd that Italian-Americans must “stand up.”

“As Italian-Americans, we must also remember that we ourselves are not immune from attack. The ugliness of Italian-American stereotyping is still alive and well. Our battle is not over,” Cuomo said at the gala.

One attendee, Italian-American Museum President Joseph Scelsa, told the Post that Cuomo’s support for Cabrini was a “slap in the face” of de Blasio.

De Blasio has said that Cabrini could make the cut during a second round, but Scelsa said that was “a dollar short and a day late.”

Cuomo said he supports the Brooklyn Diocese’s plans to make its own memorial for Cabrini. “We should applaud their courage and their activism,” he said.

Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has also said Cabrini getting passed over was an “affront,” and the diocese plans to include a float honoring Cabrini during the Columbus Day Parade on Monday.

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