Chazz Palminteri calls Chirlane McCray ‘racist’ over Mother Cabrini statue snub

Oct 07, 2019 6854

BY: Carl Campanile

Actor Chazz Palminteri called first lady Chirlane McCray a “racist” for snubbing Italian American icon Mother Frances Cabrini in the “She Built NYC” competition to erect statues of great women. “Absolutely, she is being racist,” the “Bronx Tale” actor and writer said on the “Bernie & Sid” show on 77 WABC radio Friday.

“C’mon. As Italian Americans we have to speak up. If you’re an Italian American and your’e listening to us right now, and if you have any soul in you, you have to do something. Stand up and do something.” The city asked New Yorkers which female greats deserved statues, and Cabrini got the most votes — but McCray and former Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen ultimately ignored the results and selected several others for the honor, leading to backlash from the Catholic community.


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