State Commission Will Work with Columbus Citizens Foundation, Diocese of Brooklyn, and Others to Site and Fund New Statue
Governor Cuomo: "We are also pleased to announce that we are going to build a statue to Mother Cabrini. Mother Cabrini was a great New Yorker, a great Italian-American immigrant. She came to this city and she helped scores of immigrants who came to New York. She opened dozens of institutions, academic institutions, healthcare institutions... She is certainly deserving of a statue and we will be working with Bishop DiMarzio and the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, and the Columbus Citizens Foundation, Angelo Vivolo."
Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced his full support for a new memorial honoring Mother Cabrini, an Italian-American nun who came to the United States as an immigrant and dedicated her life to public service on behalf of the less fortunate. A State Commission will work with the Columbus Citizens Foundation, the Diocese of Brooklyn and others to site and fund the new statue.
AUDIO of Governor Cuomo's remarks is available here.
PHOTOS of the event will be available on the Governor's Flickr page.
A rush transcript of the Governor's remarks is available below:
Happy Columbus Day to everyone or, as my grandfather would say Cristoforo Columbus, but it is a great day. It is a day that we celebrate the Italian-American contribution to making this city and state the greatest city and state in the world. The Italian-American community brought many assets over from Italy. They brought art. They brought music. They brought cuisine. They brought energy. They brought a work ethic.
And I am so proud to stand with so many of my friends here, Italian-Americans who have made such a great contribution, and all the all the elected are Italian-Americans today. We name them honorary Italian-Americans. So, it is our pleasure to join with all of them.
We are also pleased to announce that we are going to build a statue to Mother Cabrini. Mother Cabrini was a great New Yorker, a great Italian-American immigrant. She came to this city and she helped scores of immigrants who came to New York. She opened dozens of institutions, academic institutions, healthcare institutions. Mother Cabrini was the first U.S. citizen who was canonized. First U.S. citizen that was canonized.
So, she is certainly deserving of a statue and we will be working with Bishop DiMarzio and the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, and the Columbus Citizens Foundation, Angelo Vivolo is here with us today. Let's give him a round of applause. And I want to thank the Columbus Citizens Foundation for organizing this entire weekend of events and this parade - which they do magnificently well. So, congratulations to them for that.
And with this statue I think the Italian-American community, the Catholic community in New York that feels strongly about Mother Cabrini and what she represents that they will feel satisfied that she is being represented. You know this city, this state, our asset is our diversity. But to keep the diversity positive, everyone has to feel included. Every group has to feel included. Whether it's the Jewish community or the Irish community or the African-American community, or the Latino community, every community has to feel included. And the Italian-American community feels strongly about this.
So I'm glad that we can address the issue. I'm excited about having a statue to Mother Cabrini. And more importantly, I'm glad that everyone feels good about it and we have unity in New York. We enough division in this nation right now and we have enough forces pulling us apart and trying to demonize differences. New York is a glaring example and we're about unity and we're about solidarity and we're the capitol that says to the rest of the country, you can bring people from all over this world and bring them to one place and forge one community.
And immigration is not a negative, it is a positive. And we can live together and we can thrive together. And that's what today is all about. Let me turn it over to Angelo Vivolo who is the President of the Columbus Citizens Foundation who has done an extraordinary job with this parade. He also made his voice heard on Mother Cabrini and I respect him and the Columbus Citizens Foundation and the Diocese of Brooklyn and Bishop DiMarzio and all other interested New Yorkers will be working together to get this statue done. Finding an artist, finding a location, and getting it done as soon as time allows. With that, Angelo Vivolo.