A statue of Mother Cabrini, the saint at the center of a local furor last year, will be unveiled Monday, according to Gov. Cuomo.
“While there is much sadness this year and I am disappointed to not be at the gala and not to march in the [Columbus Day] parade, there is a silver lining,” he said over the weekend. “This year we unveil a magnificent monument to our Italian-American legacy and that monument will stand for all time.”
The statue in Battery Park will overlook the Hudson River and face the Statue of Liberty, according to Cuomo.
Last year, the governor said the state would erect a statue of Cabrini after Mayor de Blasio enraged Italian Americans when she wasn’t picked at the end of his administration’s call for recommendations for statues honoring historic women — even though she got the most support.
Cuomo said de Blasio, Council Speaker Corey Johnson and other officials have been invited to the unveiling ceremony.
Hizzoner is unlikely to attend, his spokesman indicated. Johnson’s office didn’t immediately answer an inquiry asking if he is going.
Cabrini, who lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is the patron saint of immigrants.
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