NYC Mayor De Blasio and Governor Cuomo Face Off Over Mother Cabrini Statue

Oct 17, 2019 1765

BY: Kate Gill

The long-standing rivalry between Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio was cemented on Monday when the Governor of New York announced he would bypass the mayor and fund the polarizing Mother Cabrini statue with state money.

For months, the two political figures have committed to a very public feud over Mayor de Blasio’s decision to exclude Cabrini, a Roman Catholic Saint-immigrant, from a city initiative to honor notable women with statues around New York. (The initiative was inspired by dismal figures on the gender imbalance of New York’s statues: as of December 2018, nearly 150 statues in the city were of men, a pitiful five were devoted to women.)

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