Cuomo Says New York’s Christopher Columbus Statue Represents ‘The Italian-American Legacy,’ Supports Keeping It

Jun 12, 2020 3023

BY: Mairead McCardle

After statues of Christopher Columbus were defaced around the country this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that he supports keeping Manhattan’s statue of the Italian explorer, saying it represents “the Italian-American legacy” in America.

Asked by a reporter at his daily coronavirus press briefing whether it is time for the 14-foot marble statue in Columbus Circle outside Central Park to go, Cuomo responded that while he understands the feelings surrounding the controversial historical figure, he supports keeping the monument. “I understand the dialogue has been going on for a number of years,” Cuomo said. “The Christopher Columbus statue represents in some ways the Italian-American legacy in this country and the Italian-American contribution in this country.”

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