New Yorkers sign petition to save Christopher Columbus statue

Oct 09, 2017 1095

BY: Gina Daidone, Reuven Fenton and Bruce Golding

Hundreds of New Yorkers sent a message to Mayor de Blasio on Sunday: Keep your hands off Christopher Columbus! One day before the nation celebrates Columbus’ discovery of the New World, lawmakers and parade-goers in The Bronx demanded Hizzoner ignore “over-politicized rhetoric” and ensure that the famed explorer’s statue remain in Columbus Circle.

More than 1,000 people signed a petition circulated at the 41st annual Bronx Columbus Day Parade in Morris Park — to which de Blasio was notably not invited — to keep the iconic monument from the “chopping block.” “That statue isn’t hurting nobody,” fumed carpenter Marco Rossi, 47, of Pelham Bay, who brought his kids to the parade.

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