Cuomo panel eyes Brooklyn Bridge, Battery parks for Mother Cabrini statue

Nov 23, 2019 1412

BY: Carl Campanile

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s panel tasked with erecting a statue to honor Mother Frances Cabrini has narrowed in on two potential sites Friday — one in Battery Park and the other in Brooklyn Bridge Park. From both sites, visitors would be able to view the statue of Cabrini, the patron saint of immigrants, as well as the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor in the background — both powerful symbols for welcoming newcomers to the country.

Cuomo’s panel, just appointed last month, is moving quickly after Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray came under fire for excluding Cabrini from a list of women honored under the city’s “She Built NYC” program. Cabrini was overlooked even though she received the most nominations for recognition.

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