Invoice de Blasio excluded from Columbus Day festivities
Mayor Invoice de Blasio was excluded from collaborating in New York’s main Columbus Day occasion Monday, The Submit has discovered.
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The top of the Columbus Residents Basis confirmed that de Blasio was not invited to talk at this yr’s various occasion to the Columbus Day parade that was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The inspiration’s digital “2020 Columbus Residents Basis Italian Heritage & Achievement Particular” occasion was televised on WABC-TV from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
“No he wasn’t invited,” stated Angelo Vivolo, chairman of the muse that hosts the annual Columbus Day Parade on Fifth Avenue, and this yr’s digital occasion.
“Tight schedule. No inside motive,” Vivolo stated.
Vivolo stated de Blasio was invited to march at earlier Columbus Day parades.
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Tensions between members of the Columbus Residents Basis and de Blasio and his spouse, Chirlane McCray, exploded final yr after Metropolis Corridor failed to incorporate Mom Frances Cabrini — the beloved Italian-American patron saint of immigrants — on its record of well-known girls to be honored with statues as a part of first girl’s “She Constructed NYC” program. Mom Cabrini had acquired probably the most nominations from the general public.
Following the controversy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced final Columbus Day that he would erect a statue honoring Mom Cabrini with state funds.
The inspiration named Cuomo the grand marshal of this yr’s Columbus Day festivities.
The governor unveiled the Cabrini statue in Battery Park Metropolis throughout a reside press convention that opened the particular televised occasion that additionally included a efficiency by Andrea Bocelli and appearances by Joe Piscopo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, amongst others.
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Metropolis Corridor downplayed the snub.
“The Mayor is out of state visiting household immediately so he wouldn’t have been in a position to attend,” stated de Blasio spokesman Invoice Neidhart.