Local artist Scott LoBaido unveiled a statue Monday dedicated to America’s first saint amid continuing controversy about a perceived snub against her. His statue of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, more commonly known as Mother Cabrini, was made public on her feast day, and displayed outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan. City officials declined...

What a load of bull. Mayor de Blasio is continuing his effort to wrangle the iconic Charging Bull statue from it’s 30-year place of honor on Broadway to a spot near the stock exchange — and is now using safety concerns as an excuse. A rep for the city recently told the sculpture’s creator, Arturo DiModica, that they want the bronze bovine moved for...

The campaign to honor Mother Cabrini in New York City despite Mayor Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray is snowballing. A post office in southern Brooklyn would be renamed after Mother Cabrini under legislation introduced Friday by Rep. Max Rose (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn). It’s the latest move by an elected official pushing to honor the s...

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 Ro...

Stephen A. Briganti, Presidente e CEO della Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, ha ricevuto il “da Vinci Award 2019”, prestigioso premio assegnato ogni anno da The Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York (IHCC-NY, Inc.). Venerdì sera al Consolato Generale d’Italia a New York, alla cerimonia di consegna del premio per Briganti c’er...

Actor Chazz Palminteri called in to "The Brian Lehrer Show" Friday to bicker with Mayor Bill de Blasio about an Italian-American saint and deny he called first lady Chirlane McCray racist. WNYC listeners got more than they bargained for during the roughly 10-minute sparring match that started with the Bronx-born actor demanding the city build a sta...

The Diocese of Brooklyn is adding a float featuring Mother Cabrini to the Columbus Day Parade — a jab at Mayor Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray for snubbing the Italian American icon and saint in a recent statue competition. “We’re a little upset that Mother Cabrini wasn’t included for a statue dedication,” the Diocese’s Monsignor Jame...

ATTENTION FELLOW ITALIAN AMERICANS!  This week marks the first emergency broadcast for the Italian American Podcast.  Although the team was planning to take a week of rest and relaxation to celebrate the ultimate Italian vacation of Ferragosto, the wider world just wouldn’t let us rest because during the week leading up to the holiday the Italian A...

A mayor’s wife has rejected Saint Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini as a New York woman worthy of a public statue, choosing two men instead. Chirlane McCray, wife of New York’s Democrat mayor, Bill de Blasio, originally planned to honor women in her “She Built NYC” project, an endeavor meant to balance the male-to-female ratio of the city’s public stat...

Bill de Blasio, the Democratic mayor of New York City, announced on Thursday that he was running for president, seeking to show that his brand of urban progressive leadership can be a model for the rest of the nation. It will be a steep challenge: He becomes the 23rd Democrat to enter the presidential race, and he does so against the counsel of man...