NYC Italian-Americans:Save Columbus Circle Statue!

September 2, 2017

August 24, 2017 — New York City — City Hall

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito want to tear down New York City’s great monuments. Patriotic politicians held a press conference in support of  the Columbus Circle statue, an 1892 gift to the City of New York by Italian immigrants.

Read more of Americans standing up to historical vandalism.

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They honored Columbus with pride, as Americans proud of their Italian heritage.

Opening remarks came from Councilman Joseph Borelli. With Columbus next on the chopping block, he warned de Blasio and Mark-Viverito against revising history:

Your actions are more divisive than uniting. The iconoclasm we are seeing […] will look foolish 200 years from now. How will our actions today be judged. This an unfortunate chapter in NYC’s history. We are concerned about preserving his (Columbus’) legacy. We are asking […] he be judged through the lens of the era in which he lived.

Congressman Borelli was followed by comedian Joe Piscopo:

This is about my grandparents. They came from Italy. They came in steerage. On the boat to Ellis island, passed the Statue of Liberty. With no respect they came to this country. You know what they did? They learned the law. They learned the language. They were proud to become Americans. I wasn’t allowed to speak Italian in the house. They became Americans. The one iconic symbol for Italian-Americans was Christopher Columbus. He’s flawed. We’re all flawed. Hey, I’m flawed. We’re all flawed. You know what gets me frustrated … Italians have no respect. We never complain … when we were prejudiced against. When they hung Sicilians in New Orleans (**lynched March 14, 1891 **) Teddy Roosevelt said, “They got what they deserved.” FDR interned Italians during WW2. We didn’t complain because WE WERE AMERICANS. Leave our statues alone. (cheers). Stop the political correctness. It’s killing us. Keep the greatness, keep the texture, the character of the United States of America.

Political candidates were introduced, such as “Bo” Dietl, Michel Faulkner, Steve Saperstein, and Lucretia Potter.

5 speakers (in order):  Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), Council Minority Leader Steven Matteo (R-Mid-Island), Assemblyman Ronald Castorina Jr., Brooklyn Councilman Vincent Gentile, and Councilman Mark Mark Treyger,

These proud Americans put the mayor on notice that no one is going to accept his offensive proposals.

[Part 2 –Staten Island artist Scott LoBaido is introduced followed by 5 speakers (in order) Queens Councilman, Eric Ulrich, Joe Guagliardo, National Council Of Columbia Associations, Joe Sciame, former president Sons of Italy in America, John (?), and last, the attorney representing 10,000 members in the NYPD Association and Manny Rothstein.

It was a moving and informative presentation. The large contingent of the mainstream press attended and you can hear the disdain in the reporters’ questions.

This is war. Americans vs the Marxist cabal. Game on.

This is a partial list of names mentioned in video: Councilman Joseph Borelli (R-South Shore), Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), Assemblyman Ronald Castorina Jr., Council Minority Leader Steven Matteo (R-Mid-Island), Assemblyman Matthew Titone (D-North Shore),  Staten Island artist Scott LoBaido, comedian Joe Piscopo, Brooklyn Councilman Vincent Gentile, Joseph Guagliardo of the National Council Of Columbia Associations, Joseph Sciame, the former president of the Sons of Italy in America.


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Americans are. fightimg the outrageous possibility of removing the statue all together and RENAMING the place LENAPE CIRCLE.

What’s next? Renaming the continents? No more Amerigo Vespuci allowed.  No more “America”.

Links: Gothamist, Patch

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