Cuomo Swoops In On Columbus Day, Says State Will Help Build Mother Cabrini Statue | 10/14/2019 | Staff
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — At Monday’s Columbus Day Parade there was a statue standoff between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

This time, a patron saint is at the center of the debate between the two politicians, CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas reported.

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“We’re also pleased to announce we’re going to build a statue to Mother Cabrini,” Cuomo said.

With that announcement, the governor undermined the mayor and did so to the applause of the Italian-American community.

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Mother Cabrini, the patron saint of immigrants and the first naturalized American citizen to be canonized, will get a statue — without the city’s help.

“Almost all of our churches in Brooklyn have a statue of Mother Cabrini. It’s not another statue we’re talking about. It’s respect for immigrants,” Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said.

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MORE: Gov. Cuomo: “Let’s Build A Memorial To Mother Cabrini”

The Diocese of Brooklyn put a statue of Mother Cabrini on its float during the Columbus Day Parade to send a message.

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When seeking public feedback to increase the number of statues of women in the city, Mayor de Blasio’s administration ignored the overwhelming support for the patron saint, who received the most votes. Instead, seven other women were...
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