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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo observed Columbus Day on Monday by dedicating a statue of the Italian-American saint known as Mother Cabrini in lower Manhattan. The unveiling of the statue came a year after Cuomo announced that the state would commission a monument to the Roman Catholic nun who was canonized in 1946. It stands in a spot by the Hudson Ri...

Italian Americans in Syracuse will gather in Columbus Circle Monday, to pay tribute to the Italian explorer, possibly for the last time. And they're not happy about it. After years of controversy and discussion, Mayor Ben Walsh made the final decision on the future of the controversial statue last week. The statue will be coming down. "The city of...

Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown joined with members of the Federation of Italian-American Societies on Sunday to declare October as Italian Heritage Month, while also unveiling a rendering of the planned new immigrants monument to replace the Christopher Columbus statue that was voluntarily removed in July. Gathering after Mass one day before Columbu...

Mother Frances Cabrini will get the respect — and the statue — she deserves, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday night. In a video address to the Columbus Citizens Foundation, Cuomo said that on Columbus Day, he will unveil a new statue honoring Cabrini. The Post snapped pictures early Saturday of the Cabrini statue on a pedestal — covered in blue...

Annually, the Columbus Day parade draws nearly a million viewers to Fifth Avenue, but that’s nothing compared to the festivities of 1892, when New Yorkers celebrated the 400th anniversary of the Italian explorer’s Caribbean landing for seven full days. Columbus Week was a completely decked out party with a Hudson River naval parade, Brooklyn Bridge...

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh’s decision Friday to remove the statue of Christopher Columbus from downtown Syracuse was applauded by some and frowned by others in the community. Members of the Onondaga Nation applauded the decision. “I commend the mayor for taking this. It had to be quite a challenge for this. I know the Italian community might not agre...

Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, but some say that in 2020, that’s nothing to celebrate. “We don't celebrate Columbus Day,” said Penny Ann Tarchow, a Putnam County resident descended from the Cheyenne people. “It's a day of mourning for us, for Native people. It was the end of life as we knew it.” For years, there has been a movement to repl...

Former New York State Senator Joseph L. Bruno, who rose from an impoverished family into one of the most powerful state politicians, died Oct. 6. He was 91 and had been battling cancer in recent years, according to a family spokesperson. Born into a large family with Italian immigrant parents in Glens Falls, young Joe Bruno worked several jobs, gra...

The statue of Christopher Columbus in Utica was defaced again, according to city officials. The vandalism was reported Wednesday morning, and similar to the first incident in September, the word “killer” was written in spray paint. Spray paint also covered lights around the base of the statue.  The defacing comes eight days after the last act of va...

The Ulster County Italian American Foundation will present a special mini-festival at TechCity on Sunday, Oct. 11. The drive-in festival will begin at 6:15 p.m. and reservations are required. Local dignitaries will honor Dr. John Ioia and Linda Saccoman as the 2020 Signore and Signora of the Year. Ioia is chairman of the foundation's By-Laws Commit...

COVID-19 is forcing everyone to change their Columbus Day plans. The Columbus Citizens Foundation, the organization that sponsors the annual parade in Manhattan, recently announced that the march will not be held in person but will instead be a virtual event featuring footage of previous parades and interviews with prominent Italian-Americans. The...

On a New York City avenue near midtown Manhattan's Restaurant Row, several former restaurant windows are currently dotted with For Lease signs. But one features a surprising promise in the middle of a pandemic: "Coming Soon." "I want to go forward — no surrender," said Salvatore Fraterrigo, who placed that sign at his Sicilian restaurant Norma, a 7...